Lagos police arrest 126 traffic offenders

More crime suspects were arrested in Lagos in July compared to June.

Less than 48 hours after implementation of the new Lagos traffic laws commenced, 126 violators have already been arrested.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said this on Tuesday in Lagos while announcing the command’s crime statistics for the month of July, which was made available to the press.

The State commenced the implementation of the new traffic law on Monday despite protests from some sections of its     residents. Already, commercial motorcyclists in the state have filed a suit against the state government saying some sections of the new law infringe on their right to freedom of movement.

More crimes in July

The police spokesperson said 78 suspects were arrested for armed robbery while another 78 were arrested for breach of public peace.

The number of armed robbery suspects, arrested in July, increased from 31 arrested in June. More murder cases, 37, were also recorded in July, as against 22 recorded in June.

Ms. Braide said that four persons were arrested for gambling, while two were caught for bribery and corruption. The statistics showed that 10 suspected armed robbers were killed in encounters with the police in July, as against 15 killed in June.

She said that 60 persons, including 15 women, were arrested for cases related to false pretences and cheating in July, saying that there were no such cases recorded in June. Out of this figure, according to Ms. Braide, four had already been convicted.

The spokesperson further added that a total of 54 persons were arrested over alleged forgery of documents and currencies.

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