138 area boys arrested in Lagos, 66 sent to jail

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at 06:02 PM, 18/06/2013 (6 years ago)

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Officials of the Enforcement Unit of the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences have arrested 138 suspected hoodlums in various parts of the state.

This was even as residents of Adeniji Adele on Lagos Island decried the increase in crime rate in the area. They lamented that the various state government gardens had been taken over by the hoodlums, snatching cell phones and handbags from unsuspecting passersby.

National Mirror gathered that 66 of the arrested hoodlums, who pleaded guilty, were sentenced to three months imprisonment by the Special Offences Court in Alausa, Ikeja, while the cases of others who pleaded not guilty were still ongoing.

The 138 hoodlums were arrested in different parts of the state by the taskforce in the last one week in a bid to rid the state of street urchins who terrorize innocent people and extort money from them. Those arrested were nabbed in places like Egbeda, Igando, Suru Alaba, Ojuelegba, Orile Iganmu, Cele, Ijesha, Ojota, Custain, Oshodi, Mushin and Mile 2, among others. About 34 hoodlums, including seven children were earlier arrested in Oshodi in the wee hour of the day while the seven children were taken to the Lagos State Remand Home to be rehabilitated; the others were charged to court.

The following day, 28 more hoodlums were arrested during a raid at Egbeda area of the state and also charged to court. At least, 31 hoodlums arrested in the two days pleaded guilty and were sentenced to three months imprisonment or were to pay a fine of N30, 000 each.

Since they could not meet the fine condition, they were taken to prison. Speaking on the arrest, Task force Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, said the taskforce would continue to arrest hoodlums on daily basis across the metropolis, but lamented that more of them were still springing up.

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