No fewer than 15 suspected cultists popularly called ‘Awawa Boys’ at Dopemu area of Agege, Lagos State have been arrested by the operatives of the Police special Lagos State Task Force on Crimes, working on a tip-off.
The notorious gang members were arrested following the directives by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to the Task Force to check activities of the notorious gangs that have been dispossessing members of the public of their valuables and raping young girls around Aluminum Village, Valley Estate and the entire Dopemu community.
It was gathered that during the operations, which was led by the Chairman of the special Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), five kingpins and 10 members of the Awawa Boys were arrested.
Owoseni, who disclosed this while parading the suspects, Thursday, said the entire Lagos State Police Command would continue to monitor activities of these notorious boys and all their affiliated groups across the state.
It was gathered that the suspects engaged men of the Task Force in a brawl, pelting the police with bottles and other dangerous weapons before they were overpowered.
Owoseni stated that the entire Nigerian Police Force and all other security apparatus of the State would not relent on their oars until these notorious ‘Awawa Boys’ and others were eradicated from the state.
The police boss confirmed that the Lagos State Police Command Intelligence department and other security outfits were currently working on how to get other members of the notorious cult group arrested at different locations across the State.
He however enjoined members of the public to support the Police with useful information on activities of these boys and all other illegal groups.
The arrested suspects includes 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 years old respectively.
According to one of the arrested ‘Awawa Boys’ kingpins, Jimoh Sanni (a.k.a Last Born) of No 4, Akinlabi Street, Agbotikuyo, Agege, who hailed from Okene in Kogi State, said: “Truly I am a member of ‘Awawa Boys’, a sectional head and I had raped more than 5 girls around Dopemu area.
“My gang members and I have burgled many shops at Aluminum Village and sell Indian hemp at beer parlous and nightclubs at N100 per wrap before we go for our usual night robbery operations.”
Sanni confirmed that he and his boys collect N2, 000 to N3, 000 everyday from individual aluminum shop owner at Dopemu area and that they buy Marijuana from another ‘Awawa Boys’ kingpin named ‘OLATA’ at Oloosha area of Mushin.
Alhaji Musibaudeen Popoola (66 years) who claimed to be the father of both Fatai and Yakubu, said he had warned his children to stop ! moving with bad gangs around Dopemu area.
Popoola said he found it extremely difficult to believe when he was told that two of his sons were among those arrested members of ‘Awawa Boys’ and that he only came as a disciplined father to tell them that the ‘end has come’.
“It is going to be a big lesson to other children that they must listen and obey their patents”, he said.
Meanwhile, sequel to series of complaints received from members of the public that motorcycles operators plying restricted routes and major high-ways at Ajah area robbed and snatched bags and other valuable items from unsuspected members of the public, a joint operations carried out by the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) impounded 23 motorcycles and arrested 9 male suspects at Ajah area of Lagos.
While 23 impounded motorcycles were confiscated according to the law, the arrested suspects have been charged to various courts in line with the directive of the Police Commissioner.