Nigeria Police have advised residents of Lagos and Ogun States not to panic over rumours being spread about a gang of criminals popularly called ‘One Million Boys’.
Deputy Inspector General in charge of South-West region, Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, said, though there have been reported cases of robbery, rape and assault in Lagos and Ogun States in the last few days, the Police would not differentiate or classify criminals. According to him, a criminal is a criminal, regardless of the gang he or she belongs to.
There have been increased cases of banditry in Lagos and Ogun amid the corona virus lockdown ordered by the Federal Government to curb the cycle of transmission of the pandemic in the country.
Responding to the reports that from streets to streets residents have formed vigilante groups to forestall attack by the One Million Boys Gang, DIG in charge of the region said, “I think we need to advise ourselves, that Nigerians should not be apprehensive over rumours.
Ogunyanwo said a lot of the information were just based on rumours, advising that people should confirm information before they spreading them around. “People just pass information based on hearsay and not actually confirming the incident. That is why we are trying to get everybody to know their DPOs.”
Ogunyanwo, who said over 200 arrests have been made in connection with the recent attacks, and that the suspects would be charged to court, adding that the rate of banditry in the two states during the lockdown was not in the magnitude that the nation was being made to believe.
“We have a few cases, and a few arrests made. In Ogun State and Lagos State of late. We have over 200 arrests and they will be charged to court.
“The problem we are having is getting the Correctional Service to take them in, should they be remanded, because we must reason with them now that, whatever is happening now is not part of their budget and the government will have to look into that direction to see how they are going to give them intervention to take care of the medical facilities that the inmates will require,” he explained.
He said, though some of the suspects were cultists arrested with cutlasses, charms, axes at ungodly hours but he had no idea of the One Million Boys gang. “I don’t know about One Million Gang but you know Nigerians can always create names for a group of people but anybody who is running foul is a criminal.
The DIG said he didn’t know what the society meant by One Million Gang. “I don’t know whether they have been able to do a population censor to know that this gang is up to one million. What I know is a rapist is a rapist; it does not matter what name you are called”, he stressed.
“We don’t differentiate, what I know is that if you have been arrested for having committed a crime, you will be arraigned in line with the law of the land and what was proven against you,” he said.