Police swoop on militants, arrest 13 in Lagos

Policemen yesterday swooped on Ishawo community in Ikorodu area and demolished illegal waterfront shanties in the creeks being used by the militants cum kidnappers as hideouts. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had directed the police to hunt down the militants following the recent killing of four policemen and an Army captain.

The security agents, men of the state Marine Police, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), mobile policemen and the men from the Anti-Kidnapping Squad as well as vigilantes, were led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni.

Briefing journalists at Ishawo, Owoseni said 13 suspected kidnappers had already been arrested and were currently aiding the police to track down the remaining suspects still on the run.

The commissioner, who was joined on the inspection of the joint operation to the den of the militants by the Commander, RRS, Mr. Tunji Disu, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, security squad leaders and journalists, said the visit was to appraise the work done so far and the next line of action.

He said: “Earlier this morning (yesterday), they were able to get to the proper camps of these criminal elements where they saw some of them cooking food, who fled immediately they saw the combined team. “We just feel that we should take a decision to destroy the camps.

The destruction of the camps is ongoing, that is why we are here and the officers that are handling the destruction of the camps are right inside the creeks now. At the end of the day, they would share the story as they finish the operations.

“Our movement here is just for you to see the terrain and see what the security operatives are facing with regards to policing this environment and that is why we are clamouring for the destruction of these shanties.

“So far, so good, following the attack that occurred at Ishawo where we lost four of our policemen and an Army captain, we have deployed operatives in the water. What you have seen now is for us to appraise what we have been doing for the past one week. So, quality arrests have been made and we are talking to them. Because the arrests that were made, we believe that we get some evidential value from them.

They are talking to us. At least, that makes us to know who we are looking for so that we won’t be just wildcatching.” Owoseni confirmed that one of the suspected militants died during a fierce encounter with the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris. The commissioner assured the residents of the area that the police would flush out all criminal elements from the state.

He added: “We still want to assure members of the public that these people have murdered sleep and they will not sleep, we will make sure that all of them are rooted out and that they face the full wrath of the law.

“The 13 suspects we have, we are interrogating them and they are making useful statements for us. We are making progress and you can see that helicopter surveillance is also supporting all what we are doing. But we want to assure members of the public around this axis that the government is ready, the security agents are ready to ensure that we put an end to the madness of these criminal elements.”

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