Lagos taskforce raids 42 miscreants, illegal street traders in ikeja
The operatives of Lagos state environmental and special offences unit ( taskforce) raided all the streets within central Business district including surroundings of ‘African shrine ‘Alausa ikeja. The operatives responded to several complaints from residents about the criminal activities of miscreants and environmental nuisance of illegal street traders.
The chairman of the agency CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that 28 miscreants and 15 illegal street traders were arrested at various locations around Alausa, hunting that the raid was also initiated due to nefarious acts within the vicinity of African shrine which also presented a negative impression to tourists and lagosians.
Egbeyemi in a statement by the Head of Public Affairs unit, Adebayo Taofiq, on Sunday commented that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the criminal activities of miscreants and environmental nuisance of illegal street traders around the shrine
According to the chairman taskforce, “The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around African shrine where sales of hard drugs like Tramadol, codeine, skunk, weed,illegal mixed liquor, assorted food and all sorts of consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority ”
“The Lagos state Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drugs outlets across the states, especially within the metropolis”, stated by Egbeyemi .
The chairman assured that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the entire state of street urchins and criminals.
One of the arrested miscreants named (Tunde Babalola) who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he has been selling hard drugs for eight years now, particularly around” African shrine ” ikeja. He confirmed that hard drugs is a lucrative business, he said he realised an an average profits of #600 and #100 weekly from customers along Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga ikeja area.
Another miscreant, who identified herself as Mrs Abike Adeyemi also disclosed that she paid #1,900 every week to a representative of ikeja local government from the sales of ‘skuchies’, and ‘hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, the Lagos taskforce chairman has confirmed that the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed all those arrested be immediately prosecuted.