99 hoodlums have been arrested by officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit in Oshodi area of Lagos.
Just last week, the taskforce arrested 183 hoodlums and suspected criminals in Oshodi and charged them to court.
The suspected hoodlums who were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday at Oko Mola, a notorious area in Oshodi where hoodlums and suspected criminals snatch people’s bags and molest women, were taken to the taskforce headquarters at Alausa.
The ages of those arrested range between 13 and 35 years.
The 99 suspects included 25 girls, among whom is a pregnant 13-year old girl, Tosin Odebiyi, who ran away from her parent’s home in Abeokuta and a 16-year old girl, Shola Sunday who was found with a nine-month old baby and her lover, 20-year-old Abdullahi Wahab.
Parading the suspects, Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman said some of those arrested have been charged to court, saying that the underaged ones among them have been sent to the Lagos State Remand Home for rehabilitation.
He also said those with babies have been taken to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development for rehabilitation.
“Some of those arrested had been here before and had gone to prison and are back. We are trying to rehabilitate them. Many of them don’t have homes. They stay in this notorious area of Oko Mola where they snatch phones.
“We have arrested almost all the hoodlums in Oko Mola and we are waiting to see if others will replace them there. This raid on hoodlums will continue,” Sulaiman said.