Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences has arrested 40 miscreants and hoodlums at Oshodi.
A statement by the agency’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adebayo Taofiq, said the suspects comprised 39 men and one woman.
He said the Commissioner of Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, has directed the task force chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), to arraign the suspects before the Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Court at Ogba, Lagos.
Egbeyemi said Owoseni has directed regular raiding of black spots in the state particularly at Oshodi.
A suspect, who identified himself as Tajudeen Adeboye (mechanic) allegedly, told the task force that he was invited to Lagos by a friend, Jelili.
According to the task force, “he said it was when he got to Oshodi that Jelili and his other gang members lured him into joining them to be picking pockets of innocent members of the public.
“He said in a day he and his gang make at least N10,000 to N20,000 on the average, saying it depends on what they found inside any bag or purse they snatched or telephone.
“He, however, said all telephone and other properties snatched like necklace, wrist watches, etc were sold at cheap prices to their customers who come to them every night”, he said.