LAGOS – The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Kayode Aderanti, on Friday declared the state as a “no-go-area’’ for criminals particularly in the “ember’ months.
Aderanti who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos warned criminals to stay clear as there would be no hiding place for them in the state.
The CP, who denied claims by some residents that crime had been on the increase in Lagos, added that crime had drastically reduced since he assumed office in September.
“The crime rate in Lagos from all available data is not on the increase. We have been able to stabilise Lagos.
“Everyday, I receive reports from all the divisions in the state and there is nothing to indicate that we are having problem with the level of crime.
“So, that one, you can score us high. But we don’t want to rest on our oars; we believe that we can still work and do better because the good people of Lagos deserve better.
“And I used to say that because of the special status of Lagos we have to device means and strategy to ensure that we curtail all acts of criminality,’’ Aderanti said.
The commissioner said although the command was still having some pockets of challenges he added, “but I believe we are on course.’’
“Since I came on board, we’ve arrested a lot of criminals, these are verifiable facts.
“The issue now is that you don’t commit crime in Lagos and get away with it.
“All the cases brought here since I came on board are cases that have happened 12 months ago and we have been able to burst them and arrest all those people that are involved.
“And we bring these people out live even for the members of the press to actually take a look at them and talk to them.
“So, our achievements in this command, to me, speak volumes. But, we don’t sleep. When members of the public are sleeping, we are working.
“We work round the clock. My officers, myself, we are always on night patrol to ensure that Lagos has a quiet moment,’’ he added.
The CP, however, urged residents of the state to accord maximum support to the command to surmount crimes and criminal activities in the state.
According to him, fighting crime is a collective effort and the command cannot do it alone. (NAN)