Police nab 43 alleged ‘No salary gang’ members, arms recovered

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The Operation Crush of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested 43 suspected members of a notorious “No Salary’’ gang terrorizing residents of Ikotun in Lagos.

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He assured that the raid will continue until the hoodlums were fully uprooted from the area and the state in general. “Operation Crush has arrested 43 no salary boys over the last few days and have recovered 9 locally-made pistols. “The operations will continue until they are totally uprooted,” he said.

The ‘no salary gang’ is a group of young men and women who usually gather at Council Bus-Stop, Ikotun where they terrorize pedestrians and motorists. Some eyewitnesses of the activities of the notorious gang members narrated their ordeal to NAN.

Mr. Olafemi Akinwale, who witnessed one of their raids recently said, “These guys are called, “Kesari’’ “No Salary boys’’ and Council is their meeting point.

They came from Ikotun, Egbe, Idimu, Egbeda and other places around the council bus stop. “One morning, I was going to work and they were raiding at the council, holding sticks, machetes, bottles and other dangerous weapons. “They were at the roundabout, which became a no go area, so, the bus had to turn back and take an alternative route. “I got down, took a commercial motorcycle and I saw them looting shops and harassing passers-by. “They were male and female, from various cult groups, as they had different tattoos on their bodies. “They are between the ages of 15 years and 25 years. I heard they were on a rampage because one of them was killed.’’

Another eye witness, Mr. Henry Osuji said that he would have been a victim of their operation a week ago if he had not aborted his journey to the council bus stop.

The police promised to take drastic measures in handling these suspects.