The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday said 51 cases of kidnapping were recorded in the state in the last one year.
He also said the state witnessed 246 murder cases during the year.
The police chief spoke at the 10th Town Hall Meeting on security organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund in Lagos during a presentation on the Command’s activities from December 2015 till date.
The meeting had “Optimising Security Funding in a Recession’” as its theme.
He said Ijede in Ikorodu area, accounted for the highest number of the kidnapping cases, with 47 per cent.
According to Mr. Owoseni, kidnapping is high in the area due to the many hidden water/streams and oil pipelines that ran through the area.
He said that 355 distressed calls of allegations of armed robbery were received, 85 were found to be false calls, while 179 were prevented due to swift response and 91 could not be prevented.
The commissioner said that Ifako/Ijaiye, Agege local government areas and Ojodu Local Council Development Area accounted for the highest number of armed robbery cases in the state.
”On murder, 246 cases were recorded, deaths occasioned by cultism, gangsterism, youth restiveness and street fights ranked highest. Most prevalent within Ijede, Morogbo and Surulere areas.
”Clashes are mainly for supremacy as well as claim to territories for the purpose of collecting illegal levies from business owners and motorists.
”On arrests, a total of 486 armed robbery suspects were arrested, while 46 lost their lives during confrontation with the police.
“Also, 38 suspected kidnappers were arrested while 181 suspects were arrested in connection with cultism and street fights.
”On recovery, 213 different types of fire arms were recovered with 2,901 rounds of ammunition and cartridges of different calibres,” he said.
Mr. Owoseni also said that 180 cases of domestic and sexual violence were recorded, 18 were clear domestic violence cases while 162 were rape cases.
He said that four convictions had been secured while the remaining cases were still in court.
”Conspiracy of silence is a major challenge and religious leaders carry out most of these cases of domestic violence.
”We need our people to speak out and join in the fight against domestic and sexual violence to curb the menace,” Mr. Owoseni said
He said that six police officers lost their lives while serving their fatherland during the year under review.
Mr. Owoseni pledged that the police force would continue to make best use of the resources made available to it to ensure a secure and safer Lagos.