Task force dismantles suspected criminal hideout in Lagos

 The bulldozer at work

The bulldozer at work

The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Sunday demolished one of the most dreaded criminal hideouts at White Sand, Jakande Estate, on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The Chairman of the Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, who led the operation, disclosed that more than 2,500 illegal shanties constructed by criminals and hoodlums were destroyed.

Egbeyemi disclosed that many of these demolished illegal shanties were criminal hideouts, where hoodlums smoke marijuana and other illicit drugs freely. The place is also said to be a den for women easy virtue among other deviants.

According to Egbeyemi:“Innocent members of the public, who have been complaining bitterly about activities of these criminals around Victoria Island, Lekki and Ajah, can now sleep with their two eyes closed.

“Lagos State Government had invested heavily on infrastructural development across the state to attract both local and foreign investors and we cannot fold our arms and allow hoodlums and criminals in the society to vandalise them and still hide amongst us.”

He added: “As a state earning the status of a mega city, illegal activities perpetuated by criminals and hoodlums around these areas can negatively discourage both foreign and local investors.”

One of the residents who simply identified him self as Engr. Damilola Okanlawon said the demolition exercise carried out by government was long over due.

He disclosed that hoodlums living around Jakande Estates always robbed and attacked innocent residents at night with dangerous weapons.

A trader, whose illegal structure was affected by the demolition, Mrs. Ene Ada from Benue State, disclosed that the government served them both ‘Removal Order’ and ‘Demolition Notice’ and she had long removed her wares and relocated to another area.

She confirmed that criminals and hoodlums had broken into her shops several times within the last six months.

Meanwhile, the Task Force boss, Egbeyemi had arrested a man who attempted to commit suicide during the demolition exercise.

Mr. Sunday Eze, who hails from Enugu State, was promptly intercepted by three Police Officers attached to the agency while trying to jump into an open well in the area.

Eze, who claimed to be married with a daughter, said he relocated from his village in Enugu to Lagos for business ventures in 2007.

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