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In Last One Year, 250 Residents, 73 Robbers, 8 Policemen Murdered In Lagos

At least, 250 residents, 73 armed robbers and eight policemen have been murdered in Lagos in the last one year, says the Lagos Commissioner for Police, Kayode Aderanti.

While speaking at the 8th Town Hall Meeting on Security held at the City Hall, Lagos Island, Nigeria on Thursday, Aderanti disclosed that 280 people were murdered in Lagos in the last one year.

He added that 73 armed robbers were killed in gun fire with policemen in Lagos between November 2013 and October 2014, while eight police officers lost their lives in the battle.

The Police Commissioner revealed that 423 armed robbers were arrested while 372 armed robbery incidents were foiled during the same period.

He said the police were able to recover 255 arms and 4,043 ammunition and also recovered 560 stolen vehicles in the last one year, adding that 833 vehicles were stolen in Lagos in the last 12 months, with the breakdown revealing that 358 vehicles snatched by robbers at gun point, 468 others stolen from where they were parked and seven others driven away.

Aderanti further disclosed that 68 armed robbery incidents were recorded in Lagos in the last one year.

Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, Executive Secretary (STF) decried that more donations were received by the fund in the last one year, saying that the fund was still able to contribute significantly to the security machines.

“Our total cash inflow was N249 million while donations in kind were to the value of N52.9 million. This marks a major reduction of 30 percent over 2013 receipts, and meant that we had to virtually diminish our reserves to meet some of the critical requests.

“Thus, while cash intake was as stated, expenditure was actually N333.577 million, a 22 percent. Increase over 2013. This just reflects. The changing landscape that we are confronting now,” he stated.

According to him, only N33 million was now left in the account of the STF, which was already committed to requests and grossly insufficient to meet the challenges that the near future portended.

Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola, while speaking, Fashola appealed to corporate bodies and individuals to continue to support the STF, as any setback allowed would have untold consequence.

“The work has not yet finished. There is more to be done. We have started some. We intend to provide modern patrol vehicles to every Police Division in Lagos and every Area Command. We intend to undertake prison service reforms by building a 21st century prison and we have completed the design,” he said.

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