So much has been said lately about the environmental hazard that Olusosun dumpsite in Ojota Lagos has been for years.

A recent fire outbreak at the site also brought to focus, how much the large piece of land needs government’s attention.

Some mechanics and traders around the dumpsite blamed police for the Tuesday fire, an allegation that was immediately denied by the PRO.

Now the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has come out to reveal that there is more to the dumpsite than Lagosians know.

In a chat with newsmen on Monday at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja, the CP said many criminals have been living and keeping arms and ammunition at different dump sites as well as abandoned lands and buildings in the state.

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“We have not been paying serious attention to dump sites, abandoned lands and buildings.

“Intelligence reports show that many criminals live and keep their weapons in these areas.

“When we raided Olusosun dump site recently, we arrested over 100 suspected criminals.

“We also recovered many arms and ammunition and Indian hemp from the place. The dump site covers an area of about 50 acres of land,”

He explained that his attention on places like Olusosun dumpsite is due to the nearness of another election season.

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“We have decided to take over such lands in Lagos as a proactive measure for violence-free elections in 2019. As part of preparations, we have been having workshops with INEC officials.

“We are also studying clips from previous elections in Lagos to identify all the black spots during elections.

“We advise owners of abandoned lands and buildings within the metropolis to ensure that their facilities are not used by hoodlums.

“We call on the public to report to the police any empty land and uncompleted buildings that hoodlums are using as their hideouts to plan for any crime,” Edgal said.


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