Men of the Ogun State Police Command in conjunction with security units of the Redeemed Christian Church of God have conducted a raid on the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during which 236 people were arrested.
Our correspondent learnt from an official in the church’s security department that the raid, which involved over 100 security officials, was a routine monthly “clean up”.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that the raid started on Wednesday when church security officials first went around the camp to ask those who did not have genuine reasons to be on the premises to leave.
“On Friday when many of them were still around, over 100 officials made up of the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department State Services, security department of the church and volunteers of the church, went round and some people were taken away by the police,” he said.
According to the official, there is need to keep people who have genuine reasons to be in the camp safe as a result of the largeness of the size of the camp.
“We don’t have rapists or armed robbers in the camp. There was just a need to keep the camp safe from people of questionable character,” he said.
The Ogun State Police Command Spokesperson, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the report, said the raid was carried out because people with questionable character might be hiding in the camp after committing crime.
Adejobi said out of the 236 arrested, 165 were males while 71 were females.
He said the raid started at about 2am on Friday.