Lagos Task Force arrests 71 miscreants, impounds 227 okadas

Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) has arrested 71 miscreants in a dawn raid of black spots in Oshodi, even as it seized 227 motorcycles from riders plying prohibited routes in the state.

The agency’s team led by its Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, according to a statement made available to newsmen, had at the weekend raided and combed Oshodi Oke, Oshodi Underbridge, Toyota, Fatai Atere, among others where many ex-convicts, drug addicts and peddlers were arrested around 5 am to 6 am.

The statement issued by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Femi Moliki, said the raid was in line with the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to Task Force to rid Oshodi of traffic robbers and miscreants who harass and dispossess motorists and commuters of their belongings.

According to it, some of the suspects indicted for their notoriety and criminal conduct in the areas included: Solomon Ebenezer (29), Toyin Shoboyejo (29), Chidebere Peter (29) and Demola Olowe (a.k.a FGN) all of whom are ex-convicts, saying that the Task Force boss, Jeheloye, had, on reaching the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi, personally screened the suspects one after the other before releasing five of them.

The statement added that motorists and passers-by, who witnessed the arrest of some of the miscreants, commended the agency for evacuating some of the miscreants, adding that the suspects had made Oshodi inaccessible at dawn and at night.

In a related development, Lagos State Task Force over the weekend impounded 227 motorcycles popularly called okada for plying restricted routes.

The bikes were impounded in Ikeja Along, Ogba, Alaguntan, Abule Egba, Command, Gate and Ayobo.

Jeheloye vowed that the agency would intensify efforts to complement the Lagyis State Police Command in ridding the state of criminals while also continuing with the clampdown on motorbikes plying prohibited routes in Lagos.

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