What is a city without crime? thisislagos descends into the Lagos underground to search out the baddest guys committing the craziest crimes in LasGidi.
Lagos task force to prosecute 60 traffic offenders (Punch)
The Lagos State Task Force on the Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has said it is set to arraign 60 vehicle owners and drivers before the Mobile Court for violating traffic laws in the state.
It was gathered that the violators were arrested in different parts of the state for driving against the traffic, plying the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit lane and causing obstruction on the roads.
The Chairman of the agency, Shola Jejeloye, who led the enforcement team, stated that it was worrisome seeing educated motorists and commercial drivers driving against traffic or causing road obstructions across the state. Read more
Lagos police arrest 25 suspected armed robbers few days to New Year (Vanguard)
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested 15 suspected armed robbers and a cult member of the ‘Eiye Confraternity’, a few days to the New Year celebration.
This is contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
Adejobi said that the arrests was part of police efforts to protect lives and property in the state especially during the ‘Ember months’.
“The command had been on the trail of criminals who have been terrorising citizens and residents at strategic locations, especially in Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state,” he said. Read more
Lagos seals event centre for contravening protocols (Nation)
The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, has revoked the licence of Queens Park Event Centre, Oniru as the Lagos State Safety Commission also sealed the facility for contravening the COVID-19 protocols.
Commissioner for Tourism Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf said the step to withdraw the licence was taken in the best interest of the state and implored other event centres and venue owners to comply with the government’s laid down directives or risk losing their chances of doing business in Lagos.
She reiterated that the fight against the virus can only be successful if people follow the laid down public health and safety protocols. Read more
Lagos home-grown terrorists turning Nigeria’s commercial capital into a war zone (Punch)
In different parts of Lagos, almost on a daily basis, gangs of armed and violent youngsters snatch phones, bags, wallets and laptops, pick pockets, mug pedestrians, break into homes, crash uninvited into parties, demand protection money and burgle shops. They also engage in free-for-all, commit arson and murder.
These groups of hoodlums and cultists bear names like One Million Boys, Fadeyi Boys, Ereko Boys, Akala Boys, Awawa Boys, Ijesha Boys, Awala Boys, Shitta Boys, Nokia Boys, No Salary Boys, One Hour Boys, Oshodi Boys, No Mercy Boys, Aguda Boys, Night Cadet, Black Scorpion, Akamo Boys, Omo Kasari Confraternity, Para Gang Confraternity (mainly teenage girls), Japa Boys and Koko Boys, among many others.
In times past, gangs were only found in densely populated low-income neighbourhoods like Ajegunle, Bariga, Somolu, Oshodi, Iyana Ipaja, Ketu and Oworonsoki, among others. However, in recent times, many of such groups have sprang up in most parts of Lagos, except for highbrow areas like Ikeja GRA, Magodo, Ogudu and Omole. Read more
Lagos impounds 60 vehicles for traffic offences (Punch)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit have impounded 60 vehicles from drivers who committed various traffic offences over the weekend.
The chairman of the task force, SP Shola Jejeloye, said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the offences included driving against traffic (one-way), driving on BRT lanes by unauthorised vehicle drivers and causing road obstructions.
Jejeloye was quoted as saying that the traffic offenders were apprehended at different parts of the state for contravening the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018. Read more
How cyber criminals clone ATM cards, fleece bank customers of savings (Nation)
On November 3, Ayo, a freelance journalist, was in the comfort of his room drawing a list of what he would need for his impending wedding and to set up a business for his wife to be. For these, he relied mainly on the money he had saved from his toils over the years.
But while he was busy drawing the items, his phone was being hit by messages in quick succession, but he was too engrossed with the task at hand to be distracted by them. By the time it occurred to him to check the short messages on his phone, he realised, to his chagrin, that they were debit alerts from his bank. The money he had banked on for the execution of his plans had been pilfered from his account. Surprisingly, the message in the debit alert indicated that the withdrawal had occurred two days earlier (November 1).
Ayo’s major shock was how it was possible for a third party to withdraw money from his account while he had his ATM card and mobile phone with him.
“When I went to my bank to complain, they searched and found that the money was withdrawn through a modern online payment system. I subsequently reached out to the company and they confirmed what the bank had told me,” he said. Read more
Lagos police arrest three for traffic robbery (Punch)
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a 17-year-old boy, Damola, for allegedly terrorising motorists and commuters on some highways in the state.
The teenager was apprehended alongside one Omotosho Seyi, 19 and 23-year-old Olanrewaju Sunday, with their operational motorcycle and some weapons reportedly recovered.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the suspects were tracked down at Agidingbi, Ikeja, around 11.30 pm on Tuesday. Read more