The Lagos State Police command says it has smoked out 17 suspected hoodlums from their hideouts in Iganmu area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the miscreants were causing pains and agonies to innocent residents within the area.
He said the state took the proactive action in order to rid the state of cultists,hooligans, and violent crimes.
Adejobi said police operatives attached to Orile Division of the Command raided the hideouts on Monday 14th September, 2020, and arrested the suspects.
He added that the hoodlums “were attacking, harassing and dispossessing members of the public of their belongings around Amosun, Zion, Mosalasi and Ikale Street in Sasi Iganmu area of Lagos State, with dangerous weapons.”
He said the suspects are Afolabi Abeeb, Adeniyi Fawaz, Ezekiel Kehinde, Babatunde Toheed, Olanrewaju Quadri, Sunday Okon and Muhammad Usman.
Others are Ayinla Teslimi, Ayantunja Daniel, Prince Ogungbemi, Open Semiu, Abeeb Ajayi, Toheeb Lamidi, Isreal Iyiyemi,Omokunle Tomola, Faruq Babatunde and Damilare Alabi.
Adejobi said preliminary findings by the police had not linked the suspects to any of the existing cult groups in Lagos, but they had various factions that forment troubles, engage in crimes and social vices and free-for-all in the areas.
However, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while reaffirming his zero tolerance for cultism and other social vices, according to Adejobi, has ordered the suspects to be profiled, investigated and charged to court without any delay in order to nip their criminal potential and tendencies in the bud.