When the police division in Elemoro, Ajah, Lagos received a distress call about a suspected kidnap in the area, the divisional officer reportedly instructed his men to immediately create an “artificial gridlock” Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
Our correspondent was told that an alert had reached the officer, Mohammed Limawa, a superintendent of police, about a woman screaming in the back of a dark blue Golf 3 car along the road in Elemoro on Wednesday.
According to the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Chike Oti, Limawa received the alert from a female caller who also gave the registration number of the car as KRD 845 EC.
He said, “The DPO quickly alerted one of the anti-crime patrol teams along the route taken by the kidnappers and instructed the policemen to slow down traffic to about 20km per hour.
“The hoodlums ran into the gridlock and were arrested by the policemen who were waiting for them at about 9.43pm. The victim was rescued and taken to the hospital to treat an injury inflicted on her forehead with the butt of a locally made pistol.”
The suspects, Igwe Sunday (28) and Chukwuemeka Bright (21), have been handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.
The victim was identified as Mrs. Mildred Mbajiorgu.
Oti ascribed the swift arrest of the suspects to the new security network put in place by the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.
“The CP wishes to use this opportunity to warn criminals and would-be criminals that Lagos is too hot for them. They should learn from the fate of those who had tried his resolve to get rid of criminals in Lagos,” he said.