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The wanted traditional ruler of Oguntade Village, Lagos State, Oba Lateefu Olarinde and his son, Prince Yusuf, alleged to have been responsible for violent attacks on people and properties in Satellite Town, Amuwo Odofin have been arrested by the Police.

Authoritative sources revealed that Olarinde, an alleged self acclaimed monarch, was arrested at his hideout in Ile-Epo, several months after he fled to Benin Republic as a result of a manhunt for him by the Police.

It would be recalled that the two suspects have been declared wanted by Police boss, Hakeem Odumosu, after series of petitions from residents, warehouse owners and truck drivers who accused the monarch and his sons of harboring and unleashing armed thugs on people who refused to fall for their extortion.

The activities of the alleged suspects had been reported by the media earlier on,  the terrorist nature of these hoodlums,  notorious for killing, maiming, looting and demolishing properties at Mile 2, Abule-Ado, Ojo road, Abule-Osun and some parts of FESTAC, Vin-Niger and Abule-Osun areas where their  operations have continued unchallenged for many years.

The recent nefarious activities of the suspects attracted the wrath of the Police boss when they allegedly launched an attack against truck drivers at Satellite town area where two people were killed and several injured. 

Policemen who were sent to check the situation were also attacked by the hoodlums who pelted bottles and stones on them as well as destroyed some of their vehicles.

CP Odumosu who was angered by the development vowed to fish out the culprits and their sponsors no matter how long it took. 

As a result of the attack, the Police boss deployed undercover detectives to monitor Oguntade village and report back to him whenever Olarinde and Yusuf, who both fled to Benin Republic returned.

Unknown of this development, it was gathered that the suspects who sneaked back into the country weeks ago, sponsored another attack at Abule-Oshun where three persons including a young man were seriously injured.

While some of the hoodlums who took part in that attack were immediately arrested, Policemen from Satellite Division, Area ‘E’ Command and the undercover operatives  ambushed Yusuf at his hideout in Ile-Epo.

Few days later, operatives clampdown on his father, Olarinde, who was quizzed at the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud (SARS).

Before Olarinde’s arrest, sources hinted that he attempted to get his son released by petitioning the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone Two, Ahmed Iliyasu who rebuffed him. 

The AIG, it was gathered, endorsed the action of the Commissioner of Police (CP), insisting that they be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.

Already, the police have asked all victims of the gang to come forward and substantiate their cases while a thorough search is being carried out around their areas of operation.