Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has arrested 16 miscreants believed to have masterminded violence and robbing of commuters in Iyana Cele and Iyana Isolo.
The agency in a statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs Unit, Femi Moliki said the miscreants who capitalized on the peaceful “no work protest” embarked upon by drivers of commercial buses on Oshodi – Mile 12 Expressway to unleash mayhem on commuters, were caught molesting passersby and destroying public facilities.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, who was in the area to maintain law and order as well as listen to some of the aggrieved protesters called for calm that Government would address their grievances.
He added that no official of Lagos State Taskforce operates between Toyota and Mile 2, adding that the agency is presently rejigging its operation in order to prevent reported incidences of illegal Taskforce operatives in the metropolis.
He further added that he has listened to all complaints against the officials of the agency noting that genuine complaints would be addressed.
It was learnt that the drivers decided to protest the installation of road signage on roads that used to serve as bi-directional ways as One – way.
The agency further said miscreants who set bonfire on Mile 2 – Oshodi Expressway prevented vehicular activities on the busy highway thus making commuters to resort to trekking.
The miscreants arrested include: Lekan Fatai (29), Tosin Ajakaye (32), Sakiru Lanre (38), Lekan Salaudeen (36), Hakeem Oyetoro (47), Daniel Adeojo(38), Ramon Moshood (30), Lekan Nureni (37), Okolawon Oluwaseun (39), Olajide Qudus (24), Uchenna Idima (28), Dada Hamid (23), Tega Monday (28), Rafiu Pelumi (20) and Wike Odigbi (27).
Recovered from the miscreants were machetes, charms, cudgels and other harmful weapons.