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Lagos Task Force arrests 547 hoodlums •Impounds 345 motorcycles

LAGOS State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation said on Sunday that a total of 547 hoodlums were arrested and prosecuted in the last one month, while its operatives impounded 345 motorcycles for operating within restricted routes and plying one-way on highways within the same period.

Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune by the agency’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr Adebayo Taofiq.

Giving a breakdown of the arrest, Egbeyemi said that the agency on its own arrested 258 hoodlums, while 289 others were brought from various Nigeria Police Force Divisions, including the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for prosecutions.

According to him, all the arrested culprits had been charged to courts on the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni.

Speaking further, the Task Force boss said the demolition of illegal shanties and structures across Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island, which commenced on Sunday, would continue until the entire environment was rid of all “illegalities,” even as he pointed out that the exercise was long overdue after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum given to residents and occupiers of those shanties and structures to vacate them.