By Tobi Adetunji
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has given a stern warning to Lagosians to desist from any form of association with suspected looted items during the recent lootings in Lagos state.
He said, parents, community leaders and market women should reject all suspected looted items from the looters who wreck havocs during the recent Endsars protest in Lagos State.
In a Statement by the Public Relation officer, Lagos State Command, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to journalists in Lagos.
The Commissioner of Police gave this warning on Monday in his ikeja office while getting updates and compiling reports on the recent crises orchestrated by some suspected armed and criminally minded hoodlums within the state.
Odumosu said, the loots stolen by the hoodlums are hard-earned property of innocent Nigerians and such must not be found in anyone’s possession as it is highly criminal.
Expounding the commitment of the Police to ensure properties of the masses of are recovered. He said, “in as much as the command keeps on receiving complaints against such criminal acts, the police will go after anyone culpable and his or her accomplices, either for conspiracy or receiving stolen items or accessory after the fact accordingly”
Advising Lagosians, Odumosu said, “the general public, particularly market women and traders, to disown hoodlums who had looted people’s items by not patronizing them or receiving such items from them for sales or keep.”
He said criminal cases have no statute of limitation and such cases could still be brought up against anyone involved years after the offense has been committed.
Odumosu assured Lagosians of the command commitment to Professionalism and adequate protection, he said, “the policemen in the state have braced up to continue discharging their duties undistracted and professionally, despite the recent challenges experience”
However, he expressed appreciation for the support of the community leaders and various group for their support to surmount the crises and enjoined them to continued in the same spirit to promote community policing which remains the major pillar for public safety.