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IN OSHODI: Taskforce apprehends 62 hoodlums terrorizing residents

The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force has announced the arrest of 62 suspected miscreants and hoodlums terrorizing residents around Oshodi community and its environ.

The development was announced by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi who disclosed that the suspects were arrested during a midnight raid.

He said the operation was part of on-going efforts aimed at flushing out miscreants and other criminal elements out of Oshodi and the State at large.

CSP Egbeyemi noted that the Agency acted on the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal who expressed concern over the spate of criminal activities in some parts of the State, especially around Oshodi and other identified areas such as Mushin, Fadeyi, Agege, Apapa, Oyingbo, Dopemu amongst others.

He revealed that no weapon was found on the arrested suspects but noted that there were strong indications that they are part of the criminals who had been terrorising the entire area particularly those attacking motorists on top Oshodi bridge during peak hours.

“We got to the area as early as 2am, it was an eye-sore to have found these miscreants and hoodlums under the bridge at Oshodi in such odd hours walking aimlessly while some were also caught smoking Indian hemp popularly called ‘Marijuana’.

“Many of these arrested miscreants have different tattoos on their arms indicating they belong to a particular sect or cult. While many are chain smokers others robbed residents and pedestrians of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelries both early morning and late night,” he said.

He further stated that the arrested suspects had been screened while the under-age ones were referred to the juvenile homes for rehabilitation, adding that most of the young ones who are between 12 to 17 years are products of broken homes.

He added the suspects will be charged to court soon.

Upon his arrest, one of the suspects, Gani Yusuf, said he paid N100 everyday to their ring leader before he could be given a little space to sleep under the Oshodi bridge.

Another suspect, Gbenga Ololade said he came from Ibadan and has been sleeping under Oshodi bridge for the last three years.

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