‘Surrender Your Weapons’ – New Lagos CP Tells Warring PDP/APC Thugs

Aderanti
Aderanti
The new Police Commissioner for Lagos State, Cornelius Aderanti, on Tuesday, has vowed to mop illegal arms possessed by unathourised persons. He said the police would act, if those possessing such arms failed to turn them in to the Police in two weeks time. Aderanti said he was not unaware of the violence between rival groups on the Lagos Island since last Saturday. He said: “I have observed within my two weeks of resumption the proliferation of arms in the state. We have several individuals with firearms who are not licensed and who perpetrate crimes with such. “I give them two weeks starting from today to return all illegal firearms to the police. After this time, we are going to hunt down such people. “The crisis in Lagos Island informed my decision to give the ultimatum. I plan to hold meetings with the leaders of political parties where we will iron this out.” Aderanti read the riot act at the Lagos Police Command, Ikeja, while rendering an account of Police activities in the state from August. “I have observed within my two weeks of resumption the proliferation of arms in the state. We have several individuals with firearms who are not licensed and who perpetrate crimes with such. “I give them two weeks starting from today to return all illegal firearms to the police. After this time, we are going to hunt down such people. “The crisis in Lagos Island informed my decision to give the ultimatum. I plan to hold meetings with the leaders of political parties where we will iron this out.” Violence broke out between thugs believed to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and  the All Progressives Congress, APC, last Saturday, in which the later’s loyalist, known as Asake, was killed. 44 armed robbers were arrested and 282 ammunition recovered respectively during the period, he said. Also, the state witnessed 34 robbery incidents, while 44 armed robbers were apprehended. During the time, Aderanti stated that eight robbers were killed, 282 live ammunitions and 34 stolen vehicles recovered, while 34 murder cases were reported.” Aderanti assumed office 14 days ago and replaced CP Umar Manko.
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