The Nation (Nigeria)

Lagos community cries out over influx of hoodlums

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RESIDENTS of Ibeju-lekki area of Lagos have cried out over the influx of hoodlums into the communitie­s around the area. The affected areas include Admiralty, Freedom Way, Jakande, Chevron, Ajah, Agungi, among others. where the hoodlums who usually pose as beggars during the day and criminals in the evening are found.

A resident, Abimbola Iyiola said: ‘’From Jakande around Shoprite, Mobil axis, Igboefon and VGC, these hoodlums who pretend to be beggars in the day cluster, but they are criminals in the night and some of them have been caught or sighted robbing innocent residents.

‘’The situation was not like this during Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administra­tion and it is worrisome that security laxity is what these urchins are leveraging to make life unbearable for residents.’’

A former councilor in the area who spoke in confidence, urged police authoritie­s and other law enforcemen­t agencies to embark on constant surveillan­ce and patrol in order to flush out the hoodlums.

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