Arrest of 123 Suspects a Security Measure, not Targeted at Any Section— Lagos Govt


Lagos State Government has said the arrest of 123 Suspects by the State Task Force was a routine security check, denying that it was targeted at a section of the country.

The recent arrest of some Northerners in a mass movement into Lagos with a large quantity of motorcycles have been criticised by many Nigerians especially  on the social media.

But Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso in a statement on Saturday said the suspects would be released if nothing incriminating is found on them.

He said the mass moment of the persons aroused the suspicion of Lagosians who alerted the State Task Force, stressing that the arrest was a proactive step against cases of insurgency and banditry being witnessed across the country.

“On the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, the arrested suspects have been moved to the State Police Command where they are being profiled and if nothing incriminating is established against them, they will be released immediately,” he said.

Omotoso added; “The Lagos State Government allayed the fears expressed, especially on the Social Media that the arrests were directed at a particular section of the country, stressing that this is the handiwork of mischief makers.

“It must be emphasised that the checks and arrest made by men of the Lagos State Task Force, was a proactive step, against speculated cases of Boko haram insurgency and banditry attacks across the nation. The case on hand, is purely a security matter which the Lagos Police Command is capable of handling professionally.

“The administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has clearly stated that Lagos is home for all, and will continue to make it, the most preffered destination in the world.”

He however described Lagos State as “haven for law abiding residents, and foreigners with legitimate intentions”, promising that government is committed to security and well being of law abiding residents of the State.