“Miscreants” arrested at Oshodi reveal each pay ₦100 daily rent to sleep under the bridge
The Lagos State Task Force has arrested about 62 miscreants at Oshodi and its environs during a raid. The raid, according to the Chairman of the Task Force, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, was part of ongoing efforts to flush out miscreants and other criminal elements out of Oshodi in particular and the state in general, adding that it was done on the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who expressed concern over the spate of criminal activities in some parts of the state.
One of the people arrested, Gani Yusuf, 35, said they pay N100 daily to their ringleader for a sleeping space under the bridge.
Another person, Gbenga Ololade, 38, who is from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said he had been sleeping under Oshodi Bridge for three years. He added that he was initiated into cultism with a particular tattoo on his face by their group leader, under the bridge, Vanguard reports.
Imohimi Edgal said:
Many of them have different tattoos on their arms indicating they belong to a particular sect or cult. Others chain smokers among them rob residents and pedestrians of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelleries, early morning and late at night.
The Chairman added that the suspects were screened, during which the minors, who were between 12 and 17 years, were referred to the juvenile homes for rehabilitation.
Revealing that the suspects had been charged to court on the directive of Edgal, Egbeyemi hinted that after the completion of all ongoing projects by Lagos State government around Oshodi, there would no longer be any hideout for criminals to unleash terror on innocent members of the public again.