By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Apparently to improvement in security of lives and property in Lagos, the State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Task Force), has intensified raids of black spots within the metropolis, arresting no fewer than 71 hoodlums.
The Guild gathered that the 71 suspected traffic robbers were arrested around railway-line in Oshodi Local Government.
It was learned that some of the suspects arrested at the location were in possession of illegal substances including Indian hemp, Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.
Among the 71, the Guild learned, include underage that had left home, citing parental challenges.
An underage boy, Hamed Gilani, who had been referred to Lagos State Correctional Centre, disclosed that he ran to Lagos from a neighbouring State after his parents separated.
According to the 11-year-old, I ran errand for those bigger miscreants and i was lured to be smoking Indian hemp when i started sleeping among them under the bridge at Oshodi.
Another suspect, Suraju Ademola, confessed to have been sleeping along railway line under the Oshodi bridge for over 7 months.
He disclosed that his major activity was to dispossess commuters of their valuables on Oshodi bridge both in the morning and at night.
Confirming their arrest, the Taskforce Chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team in an early morning raid, stated that the crackdown was in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums that rob members of the public.
The Chairman reiterated that all identified black spots across the state would be continuously raided and suspects arrested would be prosecuted.
“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the State government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors”.
He, however, in a statement signed by Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, revealed that 13 of the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thoroughly screening.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that the raid must be a continuous exercise in line with the State’s policy aimed at eradicating activities of miscreants and cultists disturbing innocent residents.