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Lagos taskforce arrests 71 miscreants, impounds 227 motorbikes



Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences
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The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) says it arrested 71 miscreants in a dawn raid of black spots in Oshodi over the weekend, and impounded 227 motorcycles from riders plying prohibited routes.

Femi Moliki, the Head of Public Affairs Unit, said in a statement that the raid was in line with the directives of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, 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, raided and combed Oshodi Oke, Oshodi Under Bridge, Toyota, Fatai Atere, among others where many ex-convicts, drug addicts and peddlers were arrested between 5a.m and 6 a.m.

According to the statement, CSP Jejeloye at the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi personally screened the suspects one after the other before releasing five of them.

Some of the motorists and passersby who witnessed the arrest of some of the miscreants commended the agency for evacuating some of the miscreants, saying 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, the Lagos State Taskforce over the weekend impounded 227 motor cycles for plying restricted routes.

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

The chairman of the taskforce vowed that the agency would intensify efforts to complement the command in ridding the state of criminals, and as well continue with the clampdown on motor bikes plying prohibited routes in the state.

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