Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of 720 suspects during simultaneous raids on black spots across the 14 area commands in the state.
The command spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the 720 suspects were arrested on Sunday at about 7am when police carried out raids simultaneously on identified black spots, reasonably believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums.
Adejobi said items recovered during the raids included substances suspected to be cocaine, marijuana, locally-made guns with live cartridges, charms and items suspected to have been looted during the #EndSARS protests.
“720 suspects were arrested, and incriminating items, including locally-made guns and life cartridges, charms, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, substances suspected to be cocaine and some items suspected to have been looted during #EndSARS violence, were recovered from them,” the statement partly reads.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier warned and directed officers and men to move against lawlessness and criminality. He affirmed the command’s zeal to sustain the operations, even beyond the yuletide.
Odumose has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of SCID to begin discreet investigation of the suspects for prosecution, Adejobi added.
He also urged those whose items were looted during the recent EndSARS violence to come up for claims of their items with prove of ownership.
This is coming few weeks after police paraded another set of 520 suspects in connection with looting of shopping malls and private businesses during #EndSARS protest in Lagos.