No fewer than 22 teenagers have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command.
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The suspects, among who are four females, were allegedly arrested in separate incidents of robbery, stealing and cultism in the Agege area of the state.
The first set of eight-man gang, led by one Babatunde (15) and Tayo (15), reportedly attacked a woman with an axe to dispossess her of her phone last Thursday in Mulero, Agege.
“I reported to a RRS patrol team, which arrested them with my phone.”
The second set of suspects, consisting of 10 males and four females, were arrested at the Abattoir area on Monday at about 2.35am.
Three of them – Sulaimon, 13; Godwin, 19 and Sunkanmi, 15 – had earlier been arrested for stealing mobile phones.
They had entered a phone shop on Monday, pretending to be customers.
When they left, the shop owner realised that two phones were missing. They were caught while fleeing the area.
Other members of the gang are Taiwo, 17; Rotimi, 17; Lateef, 19; Tunde, 17; Bolawatife, 15; Kayode, 15; and Olamide, 15.
The female members are Olamide, 19; Agnes, 14; Ayo, 15 and Ope, 16.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the teenagers.
“The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has summoned their parents and ordered that the teenagers be rehabilitated,” she added.