Badoo: Over 100 Suspects Arrested In 9Hours Raid In Ikorodu
Over 100 suspects were on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, arrested in Ikorodu division as Lagos State Police Command, in a concerted effort with Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Department of State Service (DSS), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and local vigilante groups, raided different hideouts in continuation of onslaught against crimes.
According to information reaching THE IMPACT, the nine hours raid in Ikorodu , which was led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, DCP Edgal Imohimi; RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu and the LNSC Chairman, Mr Isreal Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector of Police, were carried out at hideouts in Ikorodu main town, Igbogbo, Majidun and Bayeku, where suspected Badoo members and cultists were said to be converging before and after operations.
Also part of the operations was the Divisional Police Officers in the division amongst other senior police officers.
RRS Commander, Disu, who informed that the arrests were based on intelligence, with the support of local vigilantes , said that the suspects were being screened at the Taskforce office , at the end of which the innocent ones would be set free and others charged to court.
Meanwhile, complaints have trailed the arrests made in Ikorodu during the raid as many residents protested the arrest of their family members without any justification.
While complaining to our reporter at Olomo-Meje Mosque area of Aga in Ikorodu, a man whose brother was arrested in the raid while running an errand for him at a Cafe, complained that the the state government and police will have to find a better way in tackling Badoo and other criminalities in the division rather than rounding up innocent individuals walking the street.
“It is unbelievable that my brother has been arrested by the security team. I actually sent the boy to Café to do some jobs for me. When I called the Café operator,I learnt that he has not been there and on further enquiry, it was quite disturbing to find out that the boy I sent on errand has been arrested in the raid”, he complained.
A business woman who also spoke with our reporter stated that the way and manner the arrests were made did not conformed with the fundamental human rights of individuals which provide for freedom of movement without inhibition.
According to her, “Peoples rights are being trampled upon in the name of getting rid of criminals in our community. Although, we all want the security agents to flush out the criminals in our community but situations where innocent individuals are being subjected to psychological and physical harassments are counter-productive. Our security people need to come up with more intelligent ways of tackling the Badoo menace”, she stated.
In same manner, okada riders also complained that they have been the targets of what they termed ‘Alausa’ task force. Many of these riders, who operate at Solebo/Aga and Solebo/Olu-Odo/Adegbose/Igbo-Agbowa axis in Ikorodu Central and Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Areas, were seen by our reporter running away from the security team.
Some of them who spoke with THE IMPACT alleged that they have been the targets of the security team.
“They have taken some of our members’ motorcycles. They were here last Wednesday (July 5) and dispossed our members of their means of livelihood”, an elderly rider alleged.
Following the recent raid,there have been series of complaints by residents over what they termed ‘unjust’ arrest of their love ones in Ikorodu, Igbogbo and Ipakodo.
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