The Lagos State police command said that over 100 armed robbery suspects were arrested on the Mile 2-Badagry highway between January and August this year.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Lagos State Police Command, Mr Mohammed Ali made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
He spoke in reaction to public complaints about incessant armed robbery incidents on the Mile 2-Badagry highway.
Ali said that the command’s security strategies in the state were still in place, yielding positive results.
According to him, at peak periods, all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) are to monitor traffic situation under them, with a view to decongesting traffic and checking criminals operating during such period.
“Our major challenge on the Badagry highway is the bad road and the articulated vehicles and tankers parked on the road from Mile 2. They are not helping security matters on that road.
‘’The tankers blocked the highway. Heavy traffic is built up daily, and that attracted robbers to operate.
‘’Yet, our men are moving round to secure members of the public on that road.
‘’Our monitoring men are all in different parts of the metropolis,’’ he said.
According to him, there were officers sent out from morning till night for traffic control, to complement other traffic officials and monitor black spots on motorcycles, patrol vehicles and foot.
Ali also debunked the allegation that the police always looked the other way when some military personnel and their wards were involved in robbery on the Badagry highway, particularly around Ojo area of the road.