By Kunle Adedoyin
The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested another 71 miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi suburb of the state metropolis as part of efforts to rid the State of criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious blackspots across the metropolis.
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, the Chairman of the Agency, who led the enforcement team in an early morning raid, hinted that the crackdown is in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.
He disclosed that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.
Egbeyemi reiterated that all identified blackspots across the State would be continuously raided and arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty, stressing that the present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality.
“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 said.
He, however, revealed that 13 of all the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thorough screening by the Agency
The only underage male among them, Hamed Gilani, was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.
11-year-old Gilani disclosed that he ran to Lagos from one of the neighbouring state after his parents separated. He said he ran errand for those bigger miscreants and was lured into smoking Indian hemp when he started sleeping among them under the bridge at Oshodi.
Another arrested miscreant, Suraju Ademola, confessed to have been sleeping along railway line under the Oshodi bridge for over 7 months.
He also confessed to being part of those criminals who attacked and robbed innocent members of the public of their valuables on Oshodi bridge both early morning and night.
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.