229 Suspected Hoodlums to be

It's no news that the protests was carried out by peaceful, law-abiding citizens who clamour for a better Nigeria. However, hoodlums came out under the guise of protest to loot and instigate violence and perpetuate acts of violence. They have also burnt police stations in the state, loot palliatives and properties of private businesses and government agencies. The Oba of Lagos'palace was also attacked and properties of Tinubu (Television Continental and Oriental hotels).  There has been reports of roadblocks by hoodlums who request money from motorists. Two hundred and twenty nine suspected hoodlums have ben  caught and are set to appear before court on Monday (26-10-2020). These suspects were arrested by the police during the course of the week. 

Oyekanmi (Director of Public Affairs), of Lagos State Ministry of Justice, talked about the suspected hoodlums caught.  He pointed out that they would be prosecutprosecuted for arson, murder, stealing, malicious damage of properties and assault, among others.

He added that the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Olayinka Adeyemi, had gone round relevant police formations with her team to evaluate files of those arrested by the police with a view to determining those that have prima facie case against them.

The statement read: “At least 229 suspects were arrested by the police for various criminal offences, ranging from arson, murder, stealing, malicious damage of properties and assault before and after the state-wide curfew imposed by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to restore law and order. After the evaluation exercise, those that have cases to answer will be arraigned before the courts on Monday, while the release of those that have no case to answer will be ensured.

Furthermore, he said that the “Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) while calling on Lagosians to maintain peace, law, and order in their respective communities, pledged the commitment of the state government to uphold the rule of law at all times.”


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