Lagos Taskforce Impounds 204 Motorcycles, Arrests 50 Suspected Hoodlums

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit Taskforce says it has arrested 50 hoodlums and impounded 204 motorcycles.

on Sunday a statement in Lagos state  by Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Head, Public Affairs Unit, said the hoodlums were arrested during raids on black spots.

The statement said, “Operation Kogberegbe” would clamp down on illegal ticketers on the state’s highways, street urchins popularly known as ‘area boys’, and motorcyclists plying restricted routes.

“The unit commenced its tactical and strategic enforcement for compliance operations this week with code name ‘Operation Kogberegbe.’

It added “This is to instill discipline and entrench sanity in the state, with a view to achieving the state’s vision of zero tolerance for criminal elements, hideouts, okada operation on restricted routes, and other environmental law offenders in the state,”.

The statement disclosed that over 204 motorcycles known as okada were impounded at Ojodu Berger, Ketu Alapere, Agric, Allen Avenue, Ikeja for plying restricted routes/roads and violating the state traffic laws.

“Enforcement officers were attacked by hoodlums in collaboration with okada riders at the Ojodu Berger area but they were subdued due to the superior tactical and systemic strategies of his men,” it said.

The statement noted that the unit raided some black spots at the Oshodi area, Mile 12, and other trouble spots in the state where hoodlums were arrested with charms, machetes and other harmful weapons.

“All the suspects will be charged to court for various offences and for disturbing the public peace.

“The agency will not rest on its oars until all recalcitrant okada operators tow the line of best practices and the state is free from hoodlums, streets urchins known as area boys,” it said.

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