Twenty-seven persons posing as members of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Related Offences, have been arrested for extorting money from motorists and other members of the public across the State.
The men, whose ages range between 28 and 40, were said to have been arrested by the Lagos Taskforce at various locations around the State while they were engaged in arresting unwary motorists and other innocent members of the public in the guise of men of the Lagos State Taskforce and extorting money from them to affect their release.
Chairman of the Lagos Taskforce, Mr. Bayo Suleiman, a Superintendent of Police, who paraded the illegal taskforce men before newsmen Friday morning, said the arrest was sequel to the directives of the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) that the activities of such men must be stopped immediately.
Suleiman told newsmen at a Conference, which took place in the Alausa, Ikeja office of the Taskforce, that Governor Fashola has frowned at the activities of such people and all others who go about the State harassing and extorting money from members of the public under the guise of agencies of the State adding that such people will no longer be tolerated.
Aside from those who extort motorists, Suleiman said other people whose activities the Governor wants stopped by the taskforce are land speculators and grabbers who employ force to takeover other peoplesâ€™ lands as well as those who claim to have authority to demolish other peoplesâ€™ houses without proper identification.
He gave example of a particular man in Bariga in Kosofe Local Government Area of the State who went around demolishing peoplesâ€™ houses in the night adding that the man has since been arrested and will be charged to court soon.
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