The Lagos State police command and Lagos State Task Force on Saturday, October 9, 2017, during the state-wide enforcement operation, tagged: ‘Eradication of Criminal Hideouts’, arrested 50 suspected criminals and recovered 48 bags of illicit drugs at Akala area of Mushin, Lagos Mainland.
The raid was led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Soji Akinbayo and Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) and all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) under the Area ‘D’ command in Mushin.
According to Egbeyemi, forty-four male suspects and six female suspects were arrested during the raid; also forty-eight bags of substances suspected to be Indian hemp along with packs of other illicit drugs such as ‘Novalyn with Codeine Cough Syrup’ and ‘Tuxil-C cough and cold with Codiene’ were recovered during the midnight raid.
Sunday Adesoye, one of the suspects, a.k.a ‘Malboro’ confessed that the Akala area serves as a ‘Central Market’ for Indian hemp and illicit drugs trade to all miscreants and hoodlums across the state. “I usually sell an average of N500,000 worth of Indian hemp with other illicit drugs per day to my customers from Obalende, Oshodi, Pen Cinema, Apapa, Lagos Island, Fadeyi among others”, He added.
Another suspect, Mrs Basirat Jimoh a.k.a ‘Iya Suzzy’ also confessed to have been trading Indian hemp and other illicit drugs at Akala for over 17 years. However, she claimed not to be involved in criminal activities, as she only engages in buying and selling of illicit drugs.
All the suspects were charged before Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court on a three-count charge of unlawful possession of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, trading in Indian hemp and conduct likely to cause breach peace and disorder in the society.