The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) is an arm of the Lagos State Police Command. It was set up to speedily respond to emergencies within the state. It carries out regular patrols of the state and have various 'pinning-down' points across the city. The RRS responds to distress calls made to 767 and 112.
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State
Police Command early Thursday morning busted two motor bike robbery gangs in
Ajah and Mushin and arrested some members of the gangs.
The suspects: Muyideen Adegboye, 25, a furniture maker in
Idi-Oro, Mushin, and Idris Farouk, 26, an okada rider in Ikate Area, were
arrested at separate incidents while using motor cycles to rob.
Muyideen Adegboye was arrested at about 3:00 a.m. with a
stolen keke and two live cartridges while his other gang member escaped leaving
behind the motorcycle the gang used for the operation.
Farouk on his part was arrested at Ikate Roundabout
around 4:35 a.m. after himself and his gang member on okada with the aid of a
cutlass robbed one Samsudeen Abiola of his phone and money.
According to Adegboye in his statement to the police, “we
went to Alasalatu, Mushin to steal tri-cycle. This is the fourth time I would
be following my colleague, Seyi, to steal keke. We use motor bike to rob very
early in the morning and at night…. We sell the keke in Idi-Oro, Mushin. We
sell them for N50,000. Seyi is the one that invited me into the business. I met
him at the ghetto…. He is the one that owns the gun that we use during
operations. I hold extra live cartridges for him while we operate. Whenever
there is need for it, he collects them from me.”
Farouk added that himself and his accomplice, Wale, still
at large, were robbers. He added that they operate around Ikate and Small
Kuramo stealing okada.
“We steal the motor bike of riders who patronise ‘asewo’
on Small Kuramo. We monitor them, as soon as they entered the room for a quick
one; we steal the okada and sell them. This was before it was destroyed…. My
other gang members are Arisika and Abdullaziz. I met them in Ajah and we go on
operations together. We steal okada and rob at night and dawn with our okada…. We
have been in the business for more than two years. We sell stolen okada for
N60,000. We share the proceeds of the operation among ourselves.”
Confirming the arrest of the two gangs, the Police PRO,
ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said that police are on the heels of other members of
the gangs. He added that those arrested have been transferred to FSARS for
The Lagos State commissioner of Police, Imohimi Oluwole Edgal, at the 9th Town Hall Meeting organised by the Lagos State Police Command to engender and encourage Police-Public Partnership in ensuring adequate security and safety of all, reiterate his commitment to rid off the society of criminals and all manner of criminality.
The CP, while addressing the residents of Oriade, Amuwo Odofin, Iba, and Ojo LCDAs and LGAs, praised the Area “E” Commander, ACP Auwal M. Mohammed, for the gallantry and prowess he has displayed in diligently carrying out of his constitutional duties. In his words, the CP said “this area command is one of those with the lowest crime rates in the state and I believe it is not only the effort of the officers but synergy between you and the officers and men of your command”.
The CP also noted that under his watch, he will not tolerate any form of unnecessary break down of law and order. He emphasized that he has instructed the DPOs of Area ”E” Command to consistently have meetings with the community leaders and local government authorities.
The CP gave out phone numbers that he said would respond to any distress encountered by the residents of these areas. The phone numbers are: 08067945296, 08063025274, 08063104759, 08113615350, 08113683077, 08096283148, 0806283173, 08089781657,08126404930, 08081426895.
He also said the Lagos State Police Command had initiated an Intelligence Lab Unit that would work 24 hours to answer to the very many issues that could arise in Lagos state.
In his closing speech, the CP explained that he has also instructed at least three armed men to be attached to each local vigilante group to police a community especially at nights.
In attendance were stakeholders of the lowest calibre to the highest calibre of business operations.
ACP Mohammed also said that the command did not leave out anybody. He explained that he has invited Vulcanizers, Smoked meat sellers, the PCRC, LNSC, SSS, NYC(National youth council), Navy, Army, Traditional rulers, Local government chairmen, Vigilante groups, Business men and women, Lagos state University VC amongst others to come together and fashion out a way to work in line with the Commissioner of Police’s community policing plans.
The Area Commander further said that the job of securing the community cannot be left to the police alone and therefore the support of all well-meaning residents is required to ensure safety through effective crime prevention and fighting.
On Friday 14th September 2017, an incident started between at a Suya seller spot by one Bashiru Ahmed who is the son of Sarki Hausawa of Okokomaiko. Bashiru accused the Suya man of laughing at him and the suya sellers told him he was laughing at the person who fell into the gutter. Ahmed and his gang threw the suya Seller's meat on the floor and left.
The Suya man and some sympathizers went to complain to Bashiru’s father, the Sarki, Alh Adamu Ahmed Gaya, who promised to pay for the suya but the owner declined the compensation. The following day, the Suya seller was shot and killed by two assailants who escaped from scene.
The police swung into action and arrested Bashiru Ahmed who is suspected to have had hands in the Murder.
Today at about 1200hrs, friends of the deceased Suya man sighted an associate of Bashiru Ahmed, pursued and killed him near Alaba rago and moved to the Palace of the Sarki and set it ablaze.
The Area commander Area E" Command,Acp Auwal Musa, the commander RRS Acp Tunji Disu and Officers of Ops Mensa were on the ground to maintain peace . Meeting were held with elders of the community to stop further reprisal attacks.
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 30 year old housekeeper for defrauding a company of N2 million and attempting to collect another N500 million after hacking into the company's e-mail address.
The suspect, Ahuja Sylvester, was on Friday picked up by the operatives in 911 Hotel, Warri, Delta State.
The suspect had sometime in April, 2017, hacked into the e-mail of a Lagos based company, posing as the Managing Director and instructing the firm's accountant to disburse a sum of N2 million into the Access Bank account of the suspect.
The suspect, using the same approach in June 2017, again requested the payment of N500 million into a Zenith Bank account. The company detected this and quickly alerted the police.
The RRS Decoy team in their investigations discovered that the initial N2 million was withdrawn with a debit card belonging to Ahuja Sylvester.
Ahuja, in his statement to the police, denied hacking into the account of any company stressing that his friend who he named Emmanuel was the culprit.
He stated that he met Emmanuel, a National Youth Service Corp, at his work place in April 2017.
According to him, "Emmanuel, a Youth Service Corp member serving in Warri told me around April, 2017, that he was stranded and that somebody was going to send money to him.
He requested that I allow him use my ATM card because he couldn’t locate his own. I released it to him with my PIN. He told me that I should alert him whenever I received credit alert on my phone and I did…. I expected these transactions to have been completed after two days. After almost a week, I saw him and I requested for my ATM, he told me he was still using it… after that, I asked him again and he told me that he had misplaced it. That was how he didn't return the debit card again.
He explained further, "My salary came and I approached the bank. That was when I was told my account was having issues. This was the moment I got to know my Account was used for fraudulent transactions.… Since the episode, I have not been able to trace Emmanuel. I was informed when I started haunting him that he was out of Warri."
Confirming the arrest, the Lagos State Police PRO, ASP. Olarinde Famous-Cole, stated that investigations was on going and that the suspect has been transferred to SCID, Panti, for further investigations.