By Evelyn Usman & Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—Eighteen suspected land grabbers, among who were a 58-year-old traditional ruler and a 16-year-old Togolese, have been arrested in Oko-Olomi area of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.
The arrest, as gathered, was made in separate operations by policemen attached to Area ‘J’ Command, and the Lagos State Task Force, Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Recovered from them were two locally-made guns.
Reports said their apprehension followed a petition to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, and the Chairman of the Task Force on the excesses of land grabbers, submitted by a Lekki-based firm.
The identities of some of the suspects were given as Segun Muda, 31; Segun Michake, 17; Segun Sunday, 20; Toheeb Oladele, 22, and Ben Michael, 31.
Spokesman for the state’s Task Force, Taofeek Adebayo, said: “Lagos State Government arrested some notorious land grabbers and recovered two locally-made guns with other dangerous weapons.
“Government action was sequel to a petition submitted to the Committee on Land Grabbers by the people of Oko-Olomi golf course area of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
“The petition, which was subsequently copied the Lagos State Police Command, was directed to the Chairman of the state Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, for a raid that led to the arrest.”
All the suspects, as gathered, have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba, on the directive of the command’s boss.
Confirming the arrest, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, said investigation had begun.