Lagos Taskforce Swoops On Area Boys, Arrest 217

FILE PHOTO: Suspected hoodlums arrested by men of the Lagos State Task Force at Oshodi PHOTO: KAZEEM UGBODAGA.

The Lagos State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit this morning swooped on area boys at Oshodi and Alausa area of Lagos , South West Nigeria and arrested 217 of them.

•Suspected hoodlums arrested by men of the Lagos State Task Force at Oshodi this morning. PHOTO: KAZEEM UGBODAGA.

At least, 192 area boys were arrested at Oshodi while another 23 were arrested at Alausa. The street urchins included men, boys and girls and will be arraigned at the Special Offences Court at Alausa today.

Officials of the taskforce swooped on the area boys around 3.00 am under the bridge at Oshodi where they have their abode and parked them in a Black Maria to its office at Alausa.

Last week, 19 area boys were arrested by the taskforce at Mile 12 area of the state while they were smoking Indian hemp at a joint in the area.

P.M.NEWS gathered that today’s raid of the area boys in Oshodi lasted between 3.00 am and 5.00 am.

The taskforce officials were armed with guns to ward off any attack the street urchins and the raid was well planned and executed.

The raid on area boys in Lagos which began two weeks ago is on the order of the state government to rid the state off street urchins and prevent them from disturbing the peace of Lagosians as some of them constituted gang of robbers tormenting hapless people.

When P.M.NEWS contacted the taskforce Chairman, Supol Bayo Sulaiman, he said the raid lasted for two hours in the early hours of today and that some of those arrested said they were not from Lagos and that they came to the state to seek greener pasture.

According to him, the state government was determined to rid the state of area boys and make it safe for the citizens, saying that the era where area boys held people to ransom was over.

He added that the taskforce would liaise with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development so that those arrested who are not from Lagos and had no relations could be taken back to their states.

Sulaiman said the exercise was a continuous one and warned street urchins that the taskforce could swoop on them anytime and unannounced. He urged them to go away from the streets of Lagos .

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. This story here is not truth I saw the Task force vehicle an hour ago at apogbon Lagos island arresting street traders only not AREA BOYS has captured by the report.

    If it’s true them should extend the exercise to Jakande Estate Gate Isolo

  2. This story here is not truth I saw the Task force vehicle an hour ago at apogbon Lagos island arresting street trading only not AREA BOYS has captured by the report.

  3. This is a perfect forum where everyone can share its opinion. I will urge the Task Force Supol to kindly extend the search and arrest to Berger, i can assure you that alot of them are just there. I personally know quite of them causing troubles and molesting commuters every blessed day, which is absolutely not what Nigerians should be happening in a civilised society.

  4. well done task force,but dont you think the agbero boys are always making life difficult by exploiting bus,okada and other commercial drivers for nothing,and making live more difficult for innocent people?

  5. It was nice moved from d special task
    Force on area boyz in lagos metropolital
    Areas.I realy surport the ideal by the
    Lagos government.But they should help
    Us extends it to Ajelogo area of Mile
    12.We still have many of the area boyz
    In d area,they sells indian helm and
    Arrased people of d area too.Thankx.

  6. @ OMO IBADAN I DISGREE WITH YOU,THEY WILL BE BETTER OFF IN THE POLICE FORCE BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE POLICE AS AGENTS OF COLLECTING BRIBES FROM OKADA RIDERS & COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVERS.TO COMFIRM WHAT AM SAYING YOU NEED TO COME ISHERI OSHUN POLICE STATION WHERE AREA BOYS ARE VERY VERY POWERFUL WHEN OPEARTING WITH THE ISHERI OSHUN POLICEMEN IN ROAD BLOCKS IN THAT AREA.

  7. why not Lagos Island. I suspect a foul play more so when there is tension btw NURTW member, Olohunwa & Oluomo. i work in Lagos Island so i wonder why the raid didn’t take place in that part of the World. If you work in Lagos Island you will understand what i mean. its a good gesture if its not to undermine one party, if Govt is not taking side in the ongoing Scuffle btw NURTW members

  8. why not Lagos Island. I suspect a foul more so when there is tension btw NURTW member, Olounwa & Oluomo. i work in Lagos Island so i wonder why the raid didn’t take part in that part of the World. If you work in Lagos Island you will understand what i mean. its a good gesture if its not to undermine one party.

  9. Arrest them and do what with them?…What offence have they committed apart from been jobless? We’re sowing the seeds of corruption and until we learn to deal with the root of the matter this ugly part of our society will keep rearing it’s ugly head.

    • i trust u. naubiode!! never says anything reasonable yet always in the forefront to post comments. u will sound more knowledgeable by keeping quiet!area boys did not commit any offence? shio

    • @ tim, but 3 months down the line the same area boys will be walking down the street doing what they do best .So like I said earlier what’s the point in arresting them?

  10. There is a big problem in dis country. Imagine the number in just few locations only in Lagos state. Now imagine d total numbers wen u take country into consideration as a whole.
    Infact, we need industries in dis country that can accomodate both skiled and unskilled labours in dis country, else Nigeria is actually sitting on a time bomb waiting to explode.

  11. Yes, Keep Lagos clean it’s a task that must be done, sending this boys away will not help them or the goverment but train them to become a good citizen is the answer..

  12. He he he….I can’t laugh…until you sweep especially MUSHIN,OJUELEGBA,OSHODI AND ALIMOSHO clean of area. Boys,I aint gonna believe any of you.

  13. please task force should come to ijegun at kudegu bus/stop area boy are so many there and they not allow driver to carry passenger without paying money to them and they normally cause trouble there please task farce should try and come thanks for a good job

  14. They have seen LAGOS as a place to make MONEY and can do anything,pls let FASHOLA USE their ACN BROOM go to OPC Hideout, AGBERO bus stops some of them are their SWEEP Them out of LAGOS.
    They are to used to this daily money they should be TRAINED in other to become better Human beings. I know a quite of them want to live GOOD lives but Inferiority Complex and Societal factors has led them to such MESS. we have a role to HELP these GUYZ. eko o ni baje o.

  15. PLEASE DONT LOOT STATE MONEY IN THE NAME OF SENDING THOSE THAT ARE NOT FROM LAGOS BECAUSE THEY COME BACK.IS JUST AS EASY AS THAT.JOBS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FPR THEM INSTEAD.

  16. kudos to taskforce for a good job, to make the state a megacity, agbero and area boys should be wipe away from the st, bus stop and garage! Govt should build a resettle area across the sea in lekki and train them. Congrats and let it cont.

  17. Good job, MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOW help us to visit Yaba Oju irin (at the back of Yaba Market Railway Line, Airport Junction, Ajao Estate Mafoluku, etc we still expect more changes. Thank you.

  18. That`s a very good job, WELL DONE but the exercise as to be extended to other part of lagos Like mushin, Fadeyi , Lagos Island, Alagbado, etc the guy are really constituting nuisance of lagos state.
    Lagosian expect more of this boys to rehabilitated.

  19. GOD WILL BLESS YOU PEOPLE FOR GETTING THIS HOODLUMS OFF THE STREET;YOU HV GIVEN THEM FUTURE&MAKE SOCIETY A SAFE HEAVEN

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