Nigerian Police, Lagos State Command is set to prosecute 38 persons, comprising of 26 sex workers and 12 suspected criminals caught after a midnight raid, for having no identifiable means of livelihood.
The 38 persons were a part of the 77 persons caught by the Lagos State Task Force during a mid-night raid in some parts of the state.
The Chairman of the task force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed in a statement signed by Adebayo Taofiq, Head, Public Affairs Unit, that the mid-night raid was carried out following incessant complaints by residents around Akowonjo, Egbeda, Shasha, Iyana-Ipaja, Ayobo and Abule-Oki in continuation of total eradication of criminal hideouts across the state.
CSP Egbeyemi disclosed further that the enforcement raid was carried out on the directives of both the government and that of Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Zubairu Muazu, stressing that the commissioner was determined to tackle current challenges and make sure that criminal elements were no longer allowed free reign or, the freedom of space to practice any of their criminal act.
He confirmed that after the agency conducted a thorough screening of all those raided, only 12 males and 26 sex workers without proper means of identification were left to be prosecuted.
“We want to assure members of the public that there is a synergy among all security agencies across the state and that we will not renege in fulfilling our primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties,” he said.
CSP Egbeyemi also hinted that the enforcement team of the agency demolished all illegal shanties where criminal elements, Awawa cult gang hibernate to perpetrate their nefarious activities on innocent members of the public.
“A lot of criminal activities like rape, robbery and harbouring of criminals take place at ‘Aluminium Village’ on daily basis.
“We receive daily complaints about criminal activities about the area from residents/victims and therefore mobilised to dislodge the entire area and flush out all criminals,” he added.
The chairman confirmed that six notorious members of dreadful ‘Awawa Cult Gang’ were arrested, while their ring leader, Tobi Akinsanya aka ‘Scorpion’, who was just released from prison was at large.
“While we are still on the trail of these two prime suspects, Tobi Akinsanya, and his second in command, we want to assure members of the public that this ‘Awawa Cult Gang’ have murdered sleep and they will not sleep anymore.
“We shall make sure that all of them are rooted out and they face the full wrath of the law,” he said.