The Special Offences Court in Alausa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has sent 33 hoodlums arrested at the weekend in Oshodi to Badagry Prison.
Eight under-aged hoodlums also arrested in Oshodi have been sent to the Lagos State Remand Home for rehabilitation.
Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit had at the weekend stormed Oshodi and arrested the 43 suspected hoodlums.
Residents of the area had been complaining of resurgence of street miscreants who pick people’s pockets during the day and at night.
The hoodlums were arraigned in court at the weekend, while the majority of them pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 36 days imprisonment or N21,000 option of fine.
Those who pleaded not guilty were to provide a surety each with evidence of seven years tax payment. Since they could not provide such sureties, they were sent to prison with those convicted.
The fully armed taskforce officials had stormed Oshodi around 4.30 am on Friday with a Black Maria and raided the hideout of the hoodlums and successfully nabbed 43 suspects.
Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said the hoodlums were arrested around 4:30am at their various hideouts, saying two of the 43 suspects who were innocent had been freed.
Sulaiman stated that the arrest was a result of complaints by residents living in the area, who had been robbed by hoodlums, saying that the state would no longer condone such act.
“The raid on Oshodi will be constant, once we discover that miscreants have resurfaced in the place we will arrest them. In all, 43 were initially arrested. Two persons who proved innocent were released. There were also 8 underaged boys who had been sent to remand homes.”
“All of them were arrested around 4:30am because most of their nefarious operation takes place early in the morning too. What will a responsible person be doing in their hideouts at that time? There had been complaints of bag snatching and other crimes in the area recently,” he said.
Sulaiman assured that the taskforce was currently making efforts to fish out miscreants in the nooks and crannies of the state, adding that the taskforce would soon intensify clamp down on the touts who collect tolls from motorists on highways.