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Lagos CP goes after Awawa ,One Million Boys, other miscreant groups

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
As part of plan to ensure Lagos State is rid off unprecedented crimes during yuletide season, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has began combing of nooks and crannies of the state’s environs by going after criminal minded dreaded groups that are capable of harming unsuspecting members of the public.
The move, as gathered, followed creation of a Special Force’ responsible to end cultist and other criminal groups activities in the metropolis, and that the planned clampdown became necessary after unidentified miscreants, under different groups in Ijegun, Itire, Isheri, vandalized several vehicles and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.
Odumosu, in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, disclosed that the miscreants operates under different names such as One Million Boys, No Salary Boys, Awawa Boys and others.
To end their activities in Lagos, the CP on Sunday said: “The team is tasked with the responsibility of dislodging social miscreants in the State”.
According to him, the miscreants are responsible for series of violent crimes and attacks in different communities and neighborhoods.
“They also engage in Traffic robberies, assaults, murder and sexual assaults. The Operations are mostly Intelligence driven, collating actionable information about the activities of such miscreants, their membership and hideouts and taking the battle to their doorsteps”.
Due to the numerous activities they engaged in, Odumosu explained that members of the team were drawn from Tactical Units, State Intelligence Bureau, Operations Department and State Criminal Investigation Department.
He added: “ACP Odubona Oludotun, AC Operations will be the Chairman of the force. And the onslaught will be sustained until sanity is restored to our streets and neighborhoods”.
Meanwhile, the commissioner disclosed that after different attacks by hoodlums in the state, over 50 has been arrested by the command.
 Odumosu said: “11 suspects were initially arrested and charged to Court. Items recovered from the suspects include: two locally made Pistols, 11 axes, nine cutlasses, four daggers and charms”.
He noted that the arrest of the 11 increased number of hoodlums in detention to 50 suspects and were currently being profiled.
The Commissioner of Police, however, warned members of such violent gangs that the Command will pursue them, subdue them and bring them to justice. Parents are advised to monitor the activities of their children.

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