OPERATIVES of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested 15 additional ‘Awawa Boys,’ including their kingpins numbering five, at Dopemu, Agege area of the state.
The task force made this disclosure on Sunday, in a statement issued by its Public Affairs Officer, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, saying the arrest, based on a tip-off, was directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni.
Those arrested included Ajayi Babatunde Lukumon (29), Ajose Anthony (24), Adebayo Nurudeen (32), Olayemi Lasege (38), Sanusi Afeez (23), Popoola Fatai (30), Popoola Yakubu (27), Ajibade Oluwafemi (20), Opeyemi Oluwasola (33), Adewunmi Oluwatobi (21), Akerele Sunday (25), Timothy Ogar (32), Actor Amechi (21), Jimoh Sanni (30) and Owolabi Adediran (27).
According to Adebayo, the commissioner had directed the agency to check activities of the notorious “Awawa Boys,” who had been dispossessing members of the public of their valuables and raping young girls around Aluminium Village, Valley Estate and the entire Dopemu area.
“During the operations, which was led Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman, Lagos State Task Force, five kingpins and 10 members of this notorious group (Awawa Boys) were arrested and the state Commissioner of Police, directed that they should all be immediately charged to court.
“Mr Owoseni said the entire Lagos police command would continue to monitor every activity of these notorious boys and all its affliated groups across the state.
“He confirmed that despite that the operations were carried out at mid-night, these notorious ‘Awawa Boys’ and its other affiliated group leaders still engaged men of the Lagos State Task Force with dangerous weapons before there were overpowered,” the statement said.
One of those arrested, a kingpin of the group, Jimoh Sanni a.k.a Last Born, confessed to participating offences such as rape, burglary, selling Indian hemp and robbery.
He also confessed to leading other boys to collect between N2,000 and N3,000 daily from individual alluminium shop owner at Dopemu area of the state.
Alhaji Musibaudeen Popoola, 66, who claimed to be the father of both Popoola Fatai and Popoola Yakubu, said he had warned his children to stop following these bad gangs around Dopemu area, declaring that “it is going to be a big lesson to other children that they must listen and obey their parents.”