The Lagos state task force has prosecuted 114 hoodlums linked to a fracas that occurred in Mushin a few weeks ago.
Following the clash between the hoodlums from Alamutu and Akala-Elegba boys in Mushin Local Government, 114 of them were arrested alongside an alleged notorious killer and rapist from the council.
Meanwhile, the Taskforce also destroyed Indian hemp, codeine and other illegal drugs worth millions of Naira recovered earlier from the communities.
The prosecution of the 114 hoodlums including two females, was a sequel to the prosecution of 36 suspects arrested during the fracas that left scores of residents dead and others injured.
The alleged notorious rapist identified as ‘Lanre Olowojobi (a.k.a Pumpy), an indigene of Ekiti State, confessed that since the fracas started seven years ago, he had killed and injured several residents with his weapons.
The 37-year-old suspect said: “the ‘Pump Action’ guns and other weapons used during any fracas within Idi-oro, Fadeyi, Akala communities in Mushin, are in his custody of our group leader, Toba Ajiboye, the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Obalende Unit in Mushin.”
On Olowojobi, The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, ordered that he should immediately be transferred to State Criminal Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos for further investigations.
Meanwhile, the hoodlums were arraigned before Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi with 3 counts charged of ‘Belonging to unlawful society, Conducts likely to cause Breach of Peace and Disorderly manner without a visible means of livelihood’, an act that were punishable under Sections 40 (1)(d), 168 (1)(d) and 116 (1)(a) of the Lagos State Criminal Laws 2011.
Before the Court proceedings, the Lagos State Task Force chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team, hinted that they were arrested during overnight operations carried out within Fadeyi, Akala and Idi-oro area of Mushin.
Egbeyemi, in a statement by his Head, Lagos State Task Force Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, argued that the miscreants were arrested to ensure Mushin remain peaceful and continuously serve businessmen and residential purpose
The chairman disclosed that Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi had after the prosecution of 36 hoodlums arrested during the fracas, ordered that the law enforcement agencies should ensure lasting peace in the communities.
Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court who prosecuted these newly 114 arrested miscreants/hoodlums at Oshodi, however, sentenced each of them to one-year in prison each with N70,000 as an option of fine after they all pleaded guilty to the 3 counts charged interpreted in different languages to them.
Registrar of the Lagos State Mobile Court, Olanrewaju Jamiyu, explained that the judgement was to send a signal to other notorious miscreants and hoodlums across the entire State to shun violence and other criminality activities.
On the illicit drugs destroyed, Egbeyemi disclosed that they were set ablaze at the popular Olusosun Dump Site in compliance with the order of Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi.