by Isi Esene
Officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences arrested 183 suspected criminals in locations regarded as flashpoints yesterday.
The suspects were rounded up around Oshodi and Mafoluku areas of Lagos and will soon be facing trial before a magistrate’s court.
About 170 were arrested in Oshodi with 19 females among them. Two of the females apprehended were pregnant teenagers and three nursing mothers.
The operation became necessary following increasing cases of robbery, rape, among other crimes.
According to the Chairman of the Task Force, Chief Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaiman, “We stormed an abandoned toilet at Mafoluku area of the state after a tip-off, in the process, 13 suspected criminals were arrested while two had been set free after they were found to be innocent during screening.”
“My men demolished the toilet to prevent criminals from using the place as hideout as well as perpetrate their nefarious activities in the community, Substantial quantity of Indian hemp was also recovered from the abandoned toilet,” he reportedly said.
While justifying the decision to demolish the public toilet, Sulaiman said several women and girls had been raped in it as the place was always dark at night.
“Those arrested would be charged to court today (yesterday) and punished according to the dictate of the law to serve as deterrent to others who might want to continue in the illegal act of hooliganism.”