Operatives of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Enforcement Unit (Taskforce) have apprehended over 51 notorious suspected cult gangs hijacking trucks on highway in Lagos state.
The exercise was conducted Monday and led by the chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Olusola Jejeloye in Lagos.
The director of Public Administration and Enlightenment, Gbadeyan Abdulraheem said: “LÒagos State Taskforce today in a significant operation led by the chairman of the agency, CSP Jejeloye, successfully apprehended 51 notorious members of a highway gang known for harassing truck drivers along the Apapa/ Oshodi and Lagos/Badagry Expressway.
“This set of individuals have been identified for their brazen tactics, coercing truck drivers to part with money under the pretext of working for the defunct Lagos State Parks and Garages Agency.
“Operating with impunity, the gang has subjected many drivers to physical harm and acts of bestiality when they resist extortion attempts.
“We have been on the trail of this gang for a while after receiving several complaints from road users who ply this corridor. We even heard of instances of drivers who refused to comply and later faced violent threats, including the removal of essential truck components such as batteries and mirrors right on the expressway,” Jejeloye stated.
The chairman expressed disgust at the manner in which these set of miscreants wreak unnecessary havoc on the highways in the name of Parks and Garages despite the official pronouncement on the ban on the activities of the agency late last year.