by Wale Elegbede, Lagos
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Umar Manko, yesterday disclosed that over 32 policemen were killed in Lagos State during several gun battles with armed robbers within the last 11 months.
Manko who gave out the figures at the 6th Town Hall Meeting on security held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, noted that the figure shows an increase over the number of policemen killed in gun battle with robbers last year which stood at 19.
Breakdown of the statistics as reeled out by Manko shows that between 1 November, 2011 and 31 October, 2012, 32 policemen were killed by robbers while the policemen also killed 140 robbers in the process of gun battle, which represents a shortfall in the number of robbers killed by the police between November 2010 and October 2011, which stood at 164.
The statistics also showed increased robbery cases in Lagos as 123 armed robbery incidents were recorded in the last 11 months ending in October, as against the 61 robbery cases that took place in the previous year.
The police also arrested 569 robbers in 11 months which is higher than the 522 robbers arrested the previous year, while more arms have been recovered this year, 371 arms, than last year, which stood at 328.
Armed robbers have been using more sophisticated ammunition as 26, 058 of them were recovered in the last 11 months as against 3,553 ammunition recovered the previous year.
The statistics showed that fewer vehicles were recovered from robbers this year, 954 vehicles, as against 1, 187 vehicles recovered the previous year.
Similarly, 1,263 vehicles were stolen in the last 11 months, which is less than the ones stolen in the previous year, which stood at 1,448.
The statistics revealed that 270 people were murdered in Lagos in the last 11 months as against 319 people murdered the previous year.
Speaking at the occasion, the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola expressed concern over the challenge of equipping “and resourcing our security agencies in the face of the insufficient support from the federal government has continued till this day,” noting that his administration through the Security Trust Fund, STF, has provided logistics valued at N8.7 billion for the police and other security agencies in the state.