Lagos - The Police in Lagos have arrested 93 suspected hoodlums at Oshodi on Wednesday as it continued with its raid of criminal hideouts in the metropolis.
A statement by the state command of the Nigeria Police Force said on Thursday the suspects were arrested by its Rapid Respond Squad (RRS).
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The statement quoted the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, as saying that they were arrested at about 1 a.m.
"A special team of crack police detectives and a team of RRS Decoy operatives raided Oshodi and the surroundings under the bridge.
"Information at our disposal revealed that some miscreants are in the habit of robbing, snatching handsets and valuables from innocent citizens at night and day time.
"In the process, 93 suspects were apprehended. The miscreants consist of 23 juveniles all of them males, 67 adults who had their abode under the bridge and 3 underage girls.
"The miscreants were found playing cards, smoking herbs while some were sleeping. They were all arrested and transferred to RRS office for interrogation,’’ it said.
The statement said that on arrival at the Taskforce office, Alausa, they were rigorously screened and 20 were able to substantiate their mission at the point of arrest and means of livelihood and were released.
"Thirty-nine who could neither convince the police nor give satisfactory account of themselves were handed over to the Taskforce for necessary action.
"In the spirit of fundamental human rights, the ministries of women affairs and education were invited to take custody of the 23 juveniles.
"Others have been transferred to the Lagos State Police Command for further investigation,’’ it said.