At least, no fewer than 26 members of a local dreadful cultists’ group called ‘Awawa’, reported to have been terrorizing Agege axis of Lagos State, have been arrested by Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Task force unit during an over night raiding, during the weekend.
The operatives who also arrested another set of 64 miscreants at Oshodi, picked the members of the group at Isale-oja’, ‘Funmilayo’, ‘ile-pako at Amoo’, ‘Orile by cannal’, ‘Papa-Ashafa’, ‘Dopemu’ and ‘Old Oko-oba’, part of Agege, while carrying out enforcement operations tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity to Lagos’.
The Chairman, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, hinted that the 26 members of the ‘Awawa’ cult gang were arrested during an over-night raiding and that the action became necessary due to criminal activities perpetuated by the cult group that had became unbearable threat to lives of residents and innocent members of the public around the area.
Through a statement issued on Sunday from his office, Egbeyemi claimed that the cultists were responsible for robbing, raping and other atrocities often reported by residents of the areas including nuisance constituting by the arrested members of the gang, particularly, smoking of Indian hemp, and initiation of under age boys and girls into the habit.
Besides, the chairman said that the other 64 miscreants and hoodlums arrested in Oshodi were in possession of dangerous weapons and substance, and that the his team recovered the weapons from arrested, include 3 female teenagers.
According to him, the arrested miscreants and hoodlums were those harassing and attacking innocent members of the public, as well dispossessing them of their valuables around Oshodi.
“It is disheartening that most parents have abdicated their responsibility towards their children as youths are now found to be deeply involved in gang terrorism”
“Honestly, most of the violent crime committed across the State were perpetrated by youths who lacks parental care and joined cultism to avoid being intimidated by their peers”
He said that ‘Operation Restore Sanity to Lagos’ would be a continuous exercise and extended to every other areas known to be inhabited by these undesirable elements across the State.
Through the statement, the chairman informed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had directed his office to charged the arrested to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, the agency disclosed that more than 1500 illegal traders were removed from Lagos roads and that it impounded 96 motorcycles for plying restricted routes around Igando.
The office claimed that illegal traders were removed from the roads so as to allow free flow of traffic, the action was said to had ten embarked upon due to complaints by residents and motorists on newly constructed roads being taken over by illegal trading.
“Strategically, this unusual and very risky trading practice has led to the death of some traders especially those who were not quick enough to depart the scene of reckless drivers”, it said.
To the agency, it was unlawful for anyone to hawk, buy or sell goods on railway tracks, road-setbacks, walk-ways and drainage alignment across the state.