By Mary BASSEY, Staff Investigator
POLICE in Lagos have intensified its onslaught on hard drugs peddlers in the state, again, raiding the notorious hard drugs haven in Mushin popularly known as Akala and impounded various hard drugs with its street value put at N80m. Informed Police sources at the Command headquarters Ikeja told CrimeWorld that the raid on the hitherto dreaded Akala Street took place in the heat of the scotching sun on Saturday 17, 2018 and was personally led by the intrepid and workaholic Area ‘D’ Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Olasoji Akinbayo. The Saturday raid on Akala is about the third time the ACP would raiding Street for the purpose of cleansing the community of hard drugs since he assumed office. According to sources, the ACP while acting on a tip-off, had against all odds mobilized all the Divisional Police Officers DPOs and stormed the area, especially the ‘Ghetto palace’ notorious for hard drugs peddling and arrested three suspects and impounded bags and wraps of dried weeds suspected to be India hemp . Also impounded were assorted foreign drugs including packets and bottles of codeine and Tramadol. Other items recovered were three generating sets, two Baja motor cycles and nine assorted GSM handsets. At the end of the raid which lasted several hours, some of the destroyed shanties where illegal sale of hard rugs took place were destroyed and set ablaze.
Recall that ACP Olasoji Akinbayo was the arrow head behind the raids and destruction in 2005 of the popular notorious Oluwole market where all manners of illegalities including certificate forgery and of course, hard drugs thrived.
Frantic efforts to get the reaction of the Police public relations officer, SP Chike Oti on the raid and arrest were not successful as a call to his GSM number could not ring through but a source close to his office gave the names of the suspects as Deji Odeyemi, Deji Amosun and Seriki Sodiq; stressing “both the suspects and exhibits will soon be transferred to the Command headquarters for further investigations and prosecution.”