Operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce on Thursday arrested 43 persons suspected to be hoodlums and illegal street traders around the popular Afrika Shrine in Ikeja.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Adebayo Taofiq, Head of Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, on Friday.
Taofiq quoted Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce, as saying that the arrests were made following complaints from members of the public on criminal activities of miscreants and environmental nuisances of illegal street traders around the vicinity of the iconic building.
Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, explained that 25 suspected miscreants and 15 illegal street traders were arrested around Assbifi Road, CIPM Avenue, Elephant Cement Way, NERDC Road, Hakeem Balogun Street, Bayo Ajayi Street and L. T. Dosunmu Street.
“The night enforcement operations 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/non-consumable items are freely sold on the Streets without being challenged by any security agencies or governed authority”
“The night enforcement operation which has nothing to do with activities going on inside the African Shrine has demonstrated that, there is a responsive and responsible government in Lagos State,” Egbeyemi was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Lagos State Taskforce Chairman, however, debunked claims that Afrika Shrine was deliberately targeted, saying that the agency was only carrying out its responsibility of ridding out touts and criminals from the streets of Lagos.
He also said Zubairu Muazu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has directed the immediate prosecution of all those arrested.
See photos of the arrest below: