Lagos Task Force arrests fake journalist, 67 others

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force arrested one Soji Gboye, a 36-yr- old man who posed as a journalist with a media outfit, TV Continental, along with 67 other miscreants and hoodlums around Maryland and its environs.

The Chairman of the Agency, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed this at the weekend, saying the suspects were arrested during an enforcement operations carried out around area mentioned.

According to him, traders that were found selling or displaying their wares/goods at unauthorised places during the operations were dislodged.

Egbeyemi said, a fake journalist, who hails from Ilaje in Ondo State and claimed he was a correspondent with the TV Continental, was arrested while obstructing the personnel of the Agency from performing their legitimate duty around Maryland.

The Task Force boss said, the suspect could not properly identify himself when interrogated, adding that the media organisation he (suspect) claimed to be working for when contacted, also denied having him as their worker.

He said Gboye, who lives at No 5, Adesoye Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos, later confessed that he was not a journalist and never worked at the media outfit, but only impersonated just to regain his freedom and that he had been in such practice any time he had issues with any uniformed men who had never doubted him for once.

SP Egbeyemi, while affirming that the Agency and other security outfits would not relent at getting rid of criminals and hoodlums, however, enjoined members of the public to always furnish security outfits with useful information on criminal activities across the state.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garuba Umar, has directed that all those 67 arrested miscreants be charged to court while the fake journalist be transferred immediately to State CID, Panti Street, Yaba, Lagos.