The Lagos State Police Command has given a detailed account of its performance between November 2013 to October 2014, saying about 78 robbers were shot to death by officers of the command while eight of its own men died in an encounter with men of the underworld.
The state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti gave out the statistic on Thursday at the 8th Town Hall Meeting on Security on the Lagos Island.
Aderanti also attributed the high crime rate in the state to unemployment, gangsterism, politics and transport unionism.
He said, “There were 68 armed robbery incidents in Lagos in the last 12 months, while 280 people were murdered in Lagos in the same period. The high cases of murder in the state were due to the activities of street gangsters and rivalry clash, motor transport unionism, thuggery, youthful exuberance, unemployment and politics.
“But the police were able to arrest 423 armed robbers in the last one year, while 372 armed robbery incidents were foiled. Our men recovered 255 arms, 4, 043 ammunition and 560 stolen vehicles.”