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LAGOS: Taskforce raids black spots in Lekki

*arrests suspected miscreants, hoodlums and drug peddlers

*vows to rid the state of criminal elements

THE State Environmental and Special Offenses Unit (Taskforce) raided blackspots at Maruwa Beach, around Brassal Mall on Admiralty Road and other adjoining areas in Lekki phase 1, Lekki on Friday night to curb the incessant crimes committed by miscreants in that axis.

The two places are known to be den for criminals where all sorts of hard drugs are sold. They also hang around and break wind screens of vehicles parked around and steal their valuables.

The operation, which was in collaboration with the Maroko Police Division, was led by the Chairman of the State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye and it lasted for several hours in the night, leading to the arrest of 39 suspects who are known for terrorizing motorists and dealing in illicit drugs.

Jejeloye said: “We received series of complaints from residents whose cars are vandalized once they are parked for a few hours, and even in traffic valuables from the vehicles are stolen. We wont condone it any longer,” he noted.

Jejeloye further stressed that the raid was necessary in order to curb the sale and trafficking of illicit drugs which is slowly becoming a norm around the Coastal roads in Lekki and its environs. Raids and demolition of shanties have been carried out by the Agency last year and a number of suspects who were in possession of hard drugs were arrested and prosecuted.

“The sale and consumption of hard drugs is one of the major contributors to the increase in crime rate in our society that is the reason why we have have decided to nip it in the bud. More raids will be carried out to reduce the trade in these subtances drastically” he stated.

Jejeloye vowed that the agency will not rest on its oars in ensuring that crime rate in the state is brought down to the bearest minimum.

He urged Lagosians to be the eyes and ears of the agency and the police in their neighbourhood and ensure that all forms of criminality are reported to the appropriate authorities for swift action.

The chairman reiterated that all the arrested suspects will be charged to court accordingly with all the exhibits recovered from them.

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