By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than 17 suspected armed hoodlums were reportedly arrested in Iganmu area of Lagos by police operatives on Monday.
They were alleged to be attacking, harassing and dispossessing members of the public of their belongings around Amosun, Zion, Mosalasi and Ikale Street in Sari Iganmu area of Lagos State, with dangerous weapon at the time of the arrest.
The suspected hoodlums include: Afolabi Abeeb ‘m’, 18 years; Adeniyi Fawaz ‘m’, 18 years; Ezekiel Kehinde ‘m’, 16 years; Babatunde Toheeb ‘m’, 17 years; Olanrewaju Quadri ‘m’, 19 years and Sunday Okon ‘m’, 16 years.
Others are Muhammad Usman ‘m’, 17 years; Ayinla Teslimi ‘m’, 18 years; Ayantunja Daniel ‘m’, 17 years; Prince Ogungbemi ‘m’, 17 years; Ope Semiu ‘m’, 18 years and Abeeb Ajayi ‘m’, 14 years.
The rest are Toheeb Lamidi ‘m’, 15 years, Isreal Iyiyemi ‘m’, 14 years; Omokunle Tomola ‘m’, 16 years, Faruq Babatunde ‘m’, 20 and Damilare Alabi ‘m’ 15 years.
In a statement signed by Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Olumuyiwa Adejobi arrested the suspects to rid Lagos State of cultism, hooliganism, and violent crimes, hence the Lagos State Police Command intensified its 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 Police explained that preliminary findings revealed that 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.
However, 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 profiled, 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 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.