11th April, 2014
Officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit stormed Oshodi area of Lagos State, western Nigeria, Friday morning and arrested 186 suspected hoodlums.
Those arrested include 33 underage children and a mother with her five children.
The children, according to the taskforce, would be taken to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for rehabilitation.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the fully armed taskforce officials in a Black Maria raided the area between 12:30 a.m. and 1.30 a.m.
It was reported that 206 suspected hoodlums were initially arrested but after screening, 20 people were set free.
The taskforce had last week arrested 118 suspected hoodlums in the same area.
Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, Chief Superintendent of Police, said the new suspected hoodlums apprehended were different from those arrested last week.
“After we arrested some last week, we decided to do a follow-up because the exercise is continuous. These are new set of people,” he said.
Sulaiman vowed that the state government would not allow Oshodi to slide back to its former state where hoodlums had a field day.
“We don’t know where these people come from but we will continue to monitor Oshodi. Mothers should take care of their children. They should not allow their children to get back to the streets again,” he said.
He added: “For the children that were arrested, we will take them to the state correctional centre. We will wait to see if their parents will show up so that we can hand them over, but if they do not show up, the state will rehabilitate them.”
Sulaiman said that other suspects would be charged to court soon to face prosecution.