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The police in Lagos have begun the arraignment of all suspected hoodlums arrested in connection with the mayhem unleashed on the state in the aftermath of the Lekki tollgate shootings at #EndSARS protesters by soldiers.

No fewer than 520 suspects were arrested by the police in relation to arson, murder, stealing and assault, among others.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Muyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen on Wednesday that over 200 of the arrested 520 suspects had been arraigned.

However, it was gathered that the suspects were returned to the police cell after their arraignment in court, instead of being remanded in prison.

It was further gathered that the Nigeria Custodial Service declined taking in the suspected hoodlums for challenge of space in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adejobi said rejecting of suspects by the custodial centre was not peculiar to the suspected hoodlums.

When contacted, the spokesman for the Nigeria Correctional Service in Lagos, Rotimi Oladokun, said he was not aware that the suspected hoodlums were turned back, but said there was a standing rule that suspects must first run COVID-19 test before being admitted into correctional facilities.

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