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Lagos task force arrests 77 suspects in midnight raid


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Operatives of the Lagos State task force during a midnight raid in some parts of the state arrested no fewer than 77 suspected criminals, including commercial sex workers.

Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the raid was carried out due to the incessant complaints by residents around Akowonjo, Egbeda, Shasha, Iyana-Ipaja, Ayobo and Abule-Oki as part of its total eradication of criminal hideouts across the state.

Egbeyemi further disclosed that the raid was carried out on the directives of both the government and Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu. He stated that the Commissioner of Police is poised at tackling current challenges and making sure that criminal elements were no longer allowed any free reign; they will not be given freedom of space to practice any of their criminal acts.

He confirmed that after the agency conducted a thorough screening of all those raided, only 12 males and 26 alleged prostitutes without proper means of identifications were left to be prosecuted.

“We want to assure members of the public that there is a synergy amongst all security agencies across the state and that we will not renege in fulfilling our primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties”, he said.

Also, the Lagos State government has taken over the ‘Aluminum Village’ at Dopemu area of Agege over alleged breach of security. Egbeyemi hinted that the enforcement team demolished all illegal shanties where criminal elements (Awawa cult gang) hibernate to perpetrate their nefarious activities on innocent members of the public.

He said: “A lot of criminal activities like rape, robbery and harbouring of criminals takes place at ‘Alluminium Village’ on daily basis. We receive daily complaints about criminal activities in the area from residents and victims and therefore mobilised to dislodged the entire area to flushed out all criminals”

The chairman confirmed that six notorious members of dreadful ‘Awawa Cult Gang’ were arrested while their ring leader, Tobi Akinsanya, aka ‘Scorpion’ who was just released from prison was at large”

According to the chairman, “while we are still on the trail of these two prime suspect (Tobi Akinsanya) and his second in command (aka Body), we want to assure members of the public that this ‘Awawa Cult Gang’ have murdered sleep and they see no sleep anymore we shall make sure that all of them are rooted out and they face the full wrath of the Law”


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