Lagos State Government yesterday said it has arrested 87 miscreants, popularly called “area boys and 35 notorious cult members arrested during an over-night raid carried out by the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force around Idi-Oro and Akala in Mushin area of the state .
The Taskforce Chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police said the raid was carried out because of complaints by members of the public about criminal activities in the area.
Egbeyemi stated that the notorious cult members known as Omije Boys and their leader, Sanju Agbabiaka also known as ‘120’ were arrested at mid-night while they were inducting new members into the group.
Egbeyemi who confirmed their arrests said 10 females and 15 teenagers were among those arrested, saying one para-military officer attached to the agency was seriously injured with broken bottles during the operations.
He commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for increasing the number of Vocational Training Centres across the State in order to discouraged youths from engaging in criminal activities and be useful to the society.
The Chairman urged youths to shun activities which could land them in jail and get enrolled into these well equipped Vocational Training Centres where they would be trained in different vocational skills
One of the arrested cult member Godwin Okpeye 17yrs confessed that his friend lured him to become a member of the ‘Omije Boys’ last year September, 2016 after he dropped out of school.
He said they had been involved in different criminal activities in the Lagos metropolis, adding that he was recently released from Lagos State Remand Home after he and his friend were caught during a robbery operation in Ikorodu.
The 15 teenagers arrested have been taken to Lagos Remand Home, Oregun.