The Lagos state police command says not less than 100 armed robbery suspects have been arrested on the Mile 2-Badagry expressway this year.
Mohammed Ali, the command’s deputy commissioner of police (operations), disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Lagos on Monday.
He was reacting to public complaints on incessant armed robbery on the expressway.
Ali said bad road has contributed to crime on the expressway, adding that the command’s security strategies in the state were still in place, yielding positive results.
“Our major challenge on the Badagry expressway is the bad road and the articulated vehicles and tankers parked on the road from Mile 2. They are not helping security matter on that road,’’ he said.
“The tankers blocked the expressway. Heavy traffic is built up daily and that attracted robbers to operate. Yet our men are moving round to secure members of the public on that road. Our monitoring men are all in different parts of the metropolis.’’
Ali discredited allegations that the police often looked away when some military personnel and their wards were involved in robbery acts on the expressway, particularly around Ojo area of the road.
He also said the command does not waste time on arraigning suspected rapists, adding that rape is a special offence which requires special attention.
“It is not possible for anyone to commit a crime and the police will look the other way; no matter who you are, you will be arrested if you commit a crime,’’ he said.
“No one is above the law, even if you are a uniform person. Over 100 robbers have been arrested on Badagry Expressway this year alone.
“We don’t waste time on rape cases. Once arrested, there is a special court in Ikeja where the suspects are arraigned immediately. Rape is a special offence that needs special attention.’’