The Nigeria Police officers stationed at Ìyànà-Òwòrònṣókì bus stop, off the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, in the early hours of yesterday arrested a man as he unsuccessfully tried to snatch a mobile telephone from a passerby. The man, who confessed to be an ex-convict, was handed over to the Oworonshoki Police Station for further investigation and possible arrest of others who he might be working with.
Bus stops like Ìyànà-Òwòrò, Berger, Oshodi-Ísalẹ́, Ìyànà-Ipaja, Ọ̀báléndé, and Ojuelegba are flashpoints of smartphone snatching and pickpockets. Despite the presence of police personnel at these places, there are still cases of handbag snatching, phone snatching, and pickpocketing on a weekly basis.
The Lagos State Government has invested huge amount of resources in the fight against criminals and although it is yielding great results, unsurprisingly people still take the risk to indulge in criminal activities even in broad daylight at crowded places.
In a related development, a group of two suspected burglars were caught in Lagos Island and would have been lynched to death but for the timely intervention of police personnel on patrol. Items recovered from them are clothes most probably stolen from stalls or shops. The two young men were handed over to the Area A for further investigation.
The Lagos State Police Command advises residents to report any suspicious case or movement to the police to help in combating crime. They also charge citizens to feel free and report any officer involved in any form of misbehaviour, with possible pictures, videos, or ID number evidence. See the picture below.