Lagos State Government on Saturday reacted to the arrest of 123 suspects and seizure of some motorcycles by the state Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce, describing it as “a routine security check.”
The 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 Sanwo-Olu has clearly stated that Lagos is home for all, and will continue to make it, the most preffered destination in the world,” said a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
The commissioner affirmed the state government’s commitment to the security and well being of law-abiding residents of the state, noting that the mass movement of the arrested suspects with large quantity of used motorcycles aroused the suspicion of Lagosians who duly alerted security men.
Omotoso added that “Lagos is haven for law-abiding residents, and foreigners with legitimate intentions.”
He explained that on the directives of Lagos State Commissioner of Police, 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 would be released immediately.