No fewer than 71 suspected criminals were arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) on Wednesday.
They were arrested around railway-line in Oshodi as part of efforts to rid the State of criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious blackspots across the metropolis.
In a statement, Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, who led the enforcement team revealed that that the crackdown was in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.
Some of the arrested suspects, he added, were in possession of illegal substances suspected to be Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.
He vowed that all identified blackspots across the State would be continuously raided.
He also hinted that arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty.
“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat as such; the State government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors”, Egbeyemi said.
He, however, revealed that while 13 the 71 suspects were released after a thorough screening by the Chairman, while the only underage male among them was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu has directed that the raid must be a continuous exercise in line with the State’s policy aimed at eradicating activities of miscreants and cultists disturbing innocent residents.
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