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13 suspected touts arrested at Lagos embassies

12 March 2014, 18:09

Lagos - The police in Lagos on Wednesday arrested 13 suspected touts in front of some embassies at Walter Carrington Street on Victoria Island in Lagos.

The Commissioner of police in Lagos State, Umar Manko, who confirmed the arrest, said that the suspects were arrested during a raid.

Manko said that the touts people were constituting some nuisance in front of embassies in the area, saying that the raid would continue to check illegal activities in the area.

An embassy staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that 27 people were arrested by policemen attached to the Bar Beach Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Fayoade Adegoke.

The embassy worker said that after the screening of the suspects, 13 people who could not identify themselves with genuine identity cards were arrested.

"A number of touts, agents and vendors continue to harass visa applicants daily in front of our embassy building.

“The property along the road we use for parking lot had been blocked by touts loitering around.

"We learnt that some of the touts were collecting illegal fees from motorists that parked indiscriminately in front of the embassy.

"After the raid, the place seems to be free from touts for now as some of the persons arrested had been charged to court,’’ a source said. 

-  NAN

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