At least 118 suspected hoodlums have been
arrested in Oshodi area of Lagos, southwest
Nigeria.They were picked up early Wednesday.
Officials of the Lagos State Task force on
Environmental and Special Offenses (Enforcement)
Unit, armed with guns and a Black Maria stormed
Oshodi around 1.00 a.m. today and arrested the
hoodlums, suspected to be involved in criminal
activities in the area.
Those arrested include 106 male and 12 female.
Over 160 were initially arrested but after screening
at the task force office at Alausa, 118 of them were
Task force Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, a Chief
Superintendent of Police, said the raid at Oshodi
began around 1.00 am and that the exercise lasted
for one hour.
He said the suspects were arrested in various dark
spots in Oshodi, including under the bridge,
abandoned properties, among others.
According to him, the taskforce decided to raid
Oshodi after a long time due to complaints about
the upsurge in petty criminal activities in the area.
“We have been receiving text messages and
people calling us that they are being harrassed by
hoodlums at Oshodi. We realised that we have to
go after them again,” he said.
Sulaiman lamented that due to incessant raiding of
hoodlums in Oshodi in the past, activities of
hoodlums abated, adding as a result of a little
break, they came back to the area thinking that the
taskforce was no longer watching.
“We got information of where they were staying to
smoke m*******a and we swooped on them and
arrested them,” he added.
Sulaiman stated that the under age children
among them would be taken to the Lagos State
Correctional Centres for rehabilitation.
He said that the men and women among the
hoodlums would be arraigned at the Special
Offences Court and punished according to the laws
of the state.
He disclosed that one of the suspected women
hoodlums was found to be pregnant, warning that
the taskforce would not fold its arm and allow
hoodlums to take over Oshodi completely.
Sulaiman warned other hoodlums to stay away
from Lagos as the taskforce would go after them.