By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Lagos/
*Arrested miscreants and the impounded Okada …
LAGOS- THE offensive against hoodlums and motorcycles operators popularly called Okada plying illegal routs has continued to assume momentum with the raid weekend, of criminal hideouts in Oshodi and environs. During the raid by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit also called Taskforce, no fewer than 77 street urchins unleashing terror on hapless commuters and motorists alike were arrested with the impoundment of 227 Okada.
A statement by the Head, Media and Public affairs Unit of the Taskforce, Femi Moliki and made available to CrimeWorld magazine online quoted the chairman of the Unit, CSP Shola Jejeloye as vowing not to relent on his avowals to rid the state of hoodlums and illegal Okada operators; adding, “The raid was in line with the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu to Taskforce to rid Oshodi of traffic robbers and miscreants who harass and dispossess motorists and commuters of their belongings.
The agency’s team which was led by its Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye in the dawn raided and combed Oshodi Oke, Oshodi Underbridge, Toyota, Fatai Atere, among others where many ex-convicts, drug addicts and peddlers were arrested around 5:00 a,m to 6;00 a.m. CSP Jejeloye had on reaching the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi personally screened the suspects one after the other before releasing five of them.* Some of the motorists and passers-by, who witnessed the arrest of some of the miscreants commended the agency for evacuating some of the miscreants adding that they had made Oshodi inaccessible at dawn and at night. 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. In a related development, Lagos State Taskforce over the weekend impounded 227 motorcycles for plying restricted routes. The bikes were impounded in Ikeja Along, Ogba, Alaguntan, Abule Egba, Command, Gate and Ayobo.
The Chairman vowed that the agency would intensify efforts to complement the Command in ridding the State of criminals while also continuing with the clampdown on motorbikes plying prohibited routes in the State.”
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