Lagos Police release 123 Jigawa men

Lagos State Police Command has released the 123 men, who were intercepted in Agege with 48 motorcycles in a truck, coming from Jigawa State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana the truck, with Registration Number JIGAWA HJA-680-XA, conveying 123 male passengers and motorcycles was on Friday, intercepted.

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“They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they were, where they came from, their background and their mission in Lagos.

“They all came from Jigawa State, North West Region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders.

“Some of them are already based in Lagos with their families while others are coming for the first time. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture,” Elkana said.

Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offences Taskforce on Friday said it intercepted a truck laden with 48 motorcycles and 123 men coming from Jigawa State.

According to the taskforce, the truck was seized, following a tip off by members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves.

After the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the Taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.

Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, Mr Yinka Egbeyemi, said the trailer was accosted in the wee hours of Friday, after a security alert from the public. He said his team swiftly responded to the information, which led to the seizure of the truck and its occupants at Agege area of Lagos.

He said: “While my team was on operation, we got information from the public that some people had entered into Lagos in trailer loaded with over 300 people. We swiftly responded to the alert and trailed the truck from Berger area to Agege. We eventually intercepted the truck which carried no few than 123 men and 48 motorcycles.

“We have interrogated most of the truck’s occupants; from the information we gathered, some of them said they were coming from Jigawa State, with 48 of them claiming to own seized motorcycles. The rest of them said they came to Lagos in search of greener pasture.”

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