There was mild drama at the Lagos State Police Command on Friday during the parade of 319 youths arrested during raids of various hideouts in the state.The suspects, some of whom had just towels on them, protested their arrests by the Lagos State Taskforce, insisting that they were innocent.
Protesting their arrest, the suspects claimed they were either apprehended in their homes or while they were running errands on the streets. Some suspected drug addicts, cultists, prostitutes and miscreants were also paraded.According to one Franca Agambu, she was arrested in her room at Omiyale in Ajah, adding that her kids aged two and five were alone with nobody to take care of them.
A female basketball player said she was returning from training when they picked her and forced her into the van. A woman, who was alleged to be a prostitute, said she was arrested in her home with her husband at Elemoro in Ajah.
However, the suspects were assured by the state Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, that a screening would be conducted and those innocent freed.
Edgal said the raid was carried out in line with the command’s commitment to rid the state of miscreants and hoodlums as election year approaches. He said: “It is not out of place that in a raid like this, some innocent persons might be raided.
That is why we are going to profile them and those who have no links with crime would be freed. We have told them to contact their relatives to come and identify them.”