Suspected miscreants arrested in court premises
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 48 persons, who constituted nuisance and committed crimes in the premises of Lagos State Magistrate’s Court.
The arrest of the court urchins was sequel to complaint by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Funmi Atilade that street- urchins and miscreants had taken over the Magistrate’s Court premises.
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the arrest to The Guardian, said: “ Based on the complaint from the Chief Judge of Lagos State Judiciary Division, through the command’s police boss, Fatai Owoseni, that all sorts of unholy activities were being carried out daily at the premises of the Magistrate’s Court and further to the directives of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command that Ikeja Divisional Headquarters should ensure sanity in these court premises, we had to do it.
“At about 9:00a.m., officers and men of the division visited the premises and a total number of 48 persons were arrested outside courtroom.
After painstakingly listening to them, a total of 28 persons could not defend their presence in the premises, while other 20 gave satisfactory accounts of their mission at the court premises, such as witnesses, workers and owners of business centres.
“These people, who had evidence to prove they had genuine business in court were released, while a total number of 28 persons were sent to Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences, popularly called Lagos Task Force, Alausa for prosecution.