“Miscreants” arrested during a raid at Oshodi and its environs by the Lagos State Task Force disclosed that they pay every day in order to be allowed a space to sleep under the Oshodi bridge.
Gani Yusuf, 35, who was one of the 62 people arrested during the raid, said they pay N100 daily to their ringleader for a sleeping space under the bridge.
Another, Gbenga Ololade, 38, who came from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said he had been sleeping under Oshodi Bridge for three years. He added that he was initiated into cultism with a particular tattoo on his face by their group leader, under the bridge, Vanguard reports.
The raid, according to Chairman of the Task Force, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, was part of ongoing efforts to flush out miscreants and other criminal elements out of Oshodi in particular and the state in general, adding that it was done on the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who expressed concern over the spate of criminal activities in some parts of the state.
Many of them have different tattoos on their arms indicating they belong to a particular sect or cult. Others chain smokers among them rob residents and pedestrians of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelry, early morning and late at night.
The Chairman added that the suspects were screened, during which the minors, who were between 12 and 17 years, were referred to the juvenile homes for rehabilitation.