86 Squatters, Illegal Aliens Arrested

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Officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit last night stormed Ikoyi area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria and arrested 86 illegal squatters, food vendors and aliens in the area.

The exercise was carried out following on security reports about the menace posed by the illegal squatters in uncompleted buildings in the area, while residents of Ikoyi have also been complaining about their activities.

Task Force chairman, Bayo Sulaiman and the Divisional Police Officer, Ikoyi Police Station led the raid which lasted between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Those arrested were found in abandoned houses. Food sellers and illegal aliens have been suspected to be among the criminals terrorising Ikoyi.

They were arrested at 3, Lugard Road, Bedwell Road, Glover Road and three different spots on the same street and three different spots in Parkview Estate. Those arrested were taken to the Task Force office at Alausa in a Black Maria.

Task force Chairman, Sulaiman, when contacted by P.M.NEWS confirmed that 86 illegal squatters, food vendors and aliens were arrested.

According to him, those arrested were those selling and inhabiting abandoned buildings, derelict shanties and those hibernating within the premises of uncompleted buildings.

He said the food vendors were arrested because they allegedly sell food to suspected criminals squatting in uncompleted buildings.

According to Sulaiman, the raid would continue as government wants to get rid of criminal elements in the state.

He stated that the government would no longer tolerate people living in uncompleted buildings as many of them are criminals.

Those arrested will be charged to court and prosecuted when convicted.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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