The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 17 armed hoodlums, who were allegedly attacking, harassing and dispossessing members of the public of their belongings around Amosun, Zion, Mosalasi and Ikale Street in Sasi Iganmu area of the State, with dangerous weapons.
According to a statement by the command’s spokesman, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the arrests were made by operatives attached to Orile Division of the Command, on Monday, September 14, 2020.
The command said the operation was carried out in its bid to rid Lagos State of cultism, hooliganism, and violent crimes.
It said it 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.
The suspected hoodlums arrested include:
1. Afolabi Abeeb ‘m’ Age 18
2. Adeniyi Fawaz ‘m’ Age 18
3. Ezekiel Kehinde ‘m’ Age 16
4. Babatunde Toheeb ‘m’ Age 17
5. Olanrewaju Quadri ‘m’ Age 19
6. Sunday Okon ‘m’ Age 16
7. Muhammad Usman ‘m’ Age 17
8. Ayinla Teslimi ‘m’ Age 18
9. Ayantunja Daniel ‘m’ Age 17
10. Prince Ogungbemi ‘m’ Age 17
11. Open Semiu ‘m’ Age 18
12. Abeeb Ajayi ‘m’ Age 14
13. Toheeb Lamidi ‘m’ Age 15
14. Isreal Iyiyemi ‘m’ Age 14
15. Omokunle Tomola ‘m’ Age 16
16. Faruq Babatunde ‘m’ Age 20
17. Damilare Alabi ‘m’ Age 15.
“Based on the preliminary findings by the police, the hoodlums have not been linked to any of the existing cult groups in Lagos, but have various factions that foment troubles, engage in crimes and social vices and free-for-all in the areas,” the statement said.
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 investigated and charged to court without any delay “in order to nip their criminal potentials and tendencies in the bud.”
He further assured the general public of the zeal of the Police, “under the amiable leadership, and 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.”