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Lagos task force arrests three notorious Awawa Boys

By Wole Oyebade
16 June 2016   |   7:22 am
Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, popularly known as Task Force, has arrested a notorious ‘Awawa Boys’ leader, Tobi Akinbayo, a.k.a Scorpion.
Suspected ‘Awawa Boys’ kingpins, Tobi Akinbayo a.k.a Scorpion (left), Ibrahim Olaniran and Muyideen Olayinka at the Lagos State Task Force Headquarters, Alausa.

Suspected ‘Awawa Boys’ kingpins, Tobi Akinbayo a.k.a Scorpion (left), Ibrahim Olaniran and Muyideen Olayinka at the Lagos State Task Force Headquarters, Alausa.

Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, popularly known as Task Force, has arrested a notorious ‘Awawa Boys’ leader, Tobi Akinbayo, a.k.a Scorpion. Akinbayo was arrested with two others, Muyideen Olayinka and Ibrahim Olaniran, at Aluminum Village, Dopemu, Agege area of Lagos State.

Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Superintendent Olayinka Egbeyemi, while parading the trio yesterday, confirmed that the nefarious activities of the Awawa gang had been giving his agency and other state security services sleepless nights.

Egbeyemi alleged that the gang was notorious for several reported cases of rape, armed robbery and killing of innocent citizens in the state.

The police boss said the agency received lots of petitions about activities of the Awawa Boys and that he directed the Surveillance Until of the task force to closely monitor their activities at different parts of the state, leading to their arrest.

He added that other members of the group who are still at large, include one Paul a.k.a Bouncing, leader of ‘Nokia Group’ and Habeeb a.k.a Oluwa of ‘Shitta Boys’, “who have killed, raped and robbed innocent citizens of their valuable property around Aluminum Village in Dopemu, Agege.”

Akinbayo, who lives at No. 10 Salako Street, Aluminum Village, confessed that “he and his boys raped, burgled and killed innocent citizens who confronted them during any of their operations around Dopemu area.”

The 28-year-old suspect, a native of Kuta-Ilegbo Town, Abeokuta, in Ogun State, disclosed that ‘Awawa Boys’ is one umbrella and they only have branches at different parts of the state, while he is the leader of the group that controls Dopemu and its environs.

President of the Aluminum and Accessories Association, Dopemu Branch, Biliaminu Oladimeji, disclosed that he and his members, including residents around the area, had lost several millions of Naira to activities of the ‘Awawa Boys’ and other dangerous groups around the area.

He confessed that since the arrest was made, other members who have always been threatening them had vacated the area for fear of being arrested.