By: Okosun Dennis
Operatives of the Nigerian Police attached to Orile Division of the Lagos State Police Command, on Monday, 14th September, 2020, arrested 17 armed hoodlums, who attacked, harassed and dispossessed members of the public of their belongings around Amosun, Zion, Mosalasi and Ikale Street in Sasi Iganmu area of Lagos State, with dangerous weapons.
The suspected hoodlums arrested included: Afolabi Abeeb, 18, Adeniyi Fawaz, 18, Ezekiel Kehinde, 16, Babatunde Toheeb, 17, Olanrewaju Quadri, 19, Sunday Okon, 16,
Muhammad Usman, 17, Ayinla Teslimi, 18, Ayantunja Daniel, 17,
Prince Ogungbemi, 17, Open Semiu 18, and Abeeb Ajayi, 14.
Others include: Toheeb Lamidi, 15,
Isreal Iyiyemi, 14, Omokunle Tomola, 16, Faruq Babatunde, 20, and Damilare Alabi, 15. They were all male suspects.
Confirming the arrest on Tuesday in Lagos, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said it was in a bid to get Lagos State rid of cultism, hooliganism, and violent crimes.
“The Lagos State Police Command has intensified efforts to neutralise various groups of deadly armed hoodlums, cultists and miscreants, who are fond of causing pains and agonies to innocent residents, especially Lagosians, within the State,” he explained.
He, however, noted that preliminary findings by the police indicated that none of the hoodlums has been linked to any of the existing cult groups in Lagos, but have various factions that forment troubles, engage in crimes, social vices and free-for-all in the areas.
However, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while reaffirming his zero tolerance for cultism and other social vices, ordered the suspects to be profiled, investigated and charged to court without any delay in order to nip in the bud their criminal potentials and tendencies.
He further assured the general public that in line with the ideological perspectives of the Inspector-General of Police, to adopt modern and effective anti-crime strategies to provide adequate security for all and sundry in Nigeria, particularly , in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command would continue to maintain a proactive measure in curbing crimes.