By Ifeanyi Okolie
lagos—Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka, yesterday, commended the Lagos State Police Command, for arresting the armed robbery suspects that attacked his Anthony Village, Lagos home, two months ago.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the state Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, Amuka said the arrest and others made by the command had rekindled the hope of Lagos residents on the police.
He explained that the visit was to express his gratitude to the CP and his men for what he described as a job well done in curbing criminal activities in Lagos State.
It will be recalled that bandits attacked the 81-year-old Publisher with iron rods and other dangerous weapons, robbing him off his mobile phone, electronic gadgets, money and other valuables.
However, a month later, three suspects; Musa Atim Abubakar, 32; Abdulrasaq Hassan, 43, and Umar Useni, 46, were arrested in Festac and Ajao Estate in Lagos, and Sango Otta in Ogun State.
Appreciating Owoseni, Amuka said: “I personally want to thank the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni and his subordinates for the beautiful job they did over my armed robbery attack. After the attack, just as we were about giving up hope, we were told that they have nabbed everyone involved in the attack. Not only did the Police arrest the hoodlums, they have been arresting other criminals in the state.”
Similarly, Vanguard’s General Manager/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, who accompanied the publisher, expressed gratitude to God for sparing Amuka’s life during the attack and lauded the Police for prompt action.
He said: “On behalf of Uncle Sam, we have come to say a big thank you to the CP. We also seize this opportunity to urge Lagosians to encourage the Police. I also give glory to God Almighty for using Uncle Sam as a blessing to this country.”
On the entourage was also Vanguard’s Crime Editor, Mr. Emma Nnadozie.
Responding, Owoseni said: “Within an interval of two years, he (Uncle Sam) has suffered two armed robbery attacks. Uncle Sam has contributed in no small measure to the development of journalism in Nigeria. He is indeed a gift to humanity. For the criminal elements that carried out the attacks, God Almighty has shown that he is greater than them, as they were not able to get away with the evil they committed.
“I also want to appreciate you sir, because we are your children, yet you came to visit us. This visit will serve as a morale booster to officers and men of the Command. It will also be a narrative under the present leadership of the Inspector General of Police that Nigerians will live safely and carry out their business activities. On our part, we will keep on fighting crime with everything at our disposal.”