The Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos state, South West Nigeria Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday urged parents, teachers and the state schools management board to properly monitor children and students in their care.
Owoseni made the plea while briefing newsmen on the arrest of some suspected criminals including 10 secondary school boys aged between 11 and 16 years in Lagos.
“We appeal to parents and teachers in both Secondary and Primary Schools to improve on the monitoring of their children and students in their custody.
“ It give us concern, as law enforcement agents that schools and homes are no longer doing their duties, but encouraging criminality.
“It is recurring that those we classified as children are taking to criminality,’’ the Commissioner of Police said.
He said that the underage suspects were caught in possession of cutlasses, axes and other dangerous tools.
Owoseni said that the students, during interrogation, claimed they armed themselves because of a conflict between students of two schools in Apapa area.
He said that the students would not be paraded because of their age.
Owoseni also urged the school management board to improve its monitoring system in schools. (NAN)