Police arrest four ‘cultists’ in Lagos

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The police in Lagos State have announced the arrest of four suspected cultists belonging to ‘Aiye’ confraternity, while celebrating the annual Neo Black Movement of Africa, also known as Black Axe 7/7.

Newsmen report that on July 7 every year, most cult groups gather to celebrate themselves.

The spokesman for the command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Adejobi said the police operatives attached to Area “J”, Ajah and Ogombo Division of the command arrested the four suspects belonging to ‘Aiye’ confraternity on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

According to him, the operatives on routine Stop and Search, arrested two of the suspects, aged 23 and 43 at Eleko Junction, Ajah Area at 1.30p.m., with the regalia of ‘Aiye’ confraternity.

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Similarly, the police operatives attached to Ogombo Division also arrested two suspects belonging to same ‘Aiye’ confraternity, aged 25 and 28, on July 8, at about 6.30a.m., in Ogombo Area of Lagos State.

“Items recovered from them include one locally-made double barrel short gun, seven live cartridges, one expended cartridge and some regalia belonging to ‘Aiye’ confraternity.

“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Command’s Strike Team, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.

The police spokesperson reiterated the command’s commitment to sustain its fight against cultism and other forms of criminality in Lagos State.

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Police arrest ‘cultists’ in Lagos

A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

The police in Lagos in collaboration with local vigilantes have arrested two suspected cultists during an initiation rite.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos police spokesperson, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested on Monday at about 7:30 p.m. at Igbe Lara area, Ikorodu.

According to the police, the initiator, Fatai Kalejaiye, 25, was caught while initiating Kolapo Ayeobasan, 20.

“The suspect, Fatai, who has confessed to be a member of Eye Confraternity, was caught while performing rites of initiating the second suspect, Kolapo,” the police said.

In a similar operation, police officers attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, have arrested four suspected cultists, Mr Adejobi said.

“The arrest was at the heels of a complaint received from one Temidire Ogunbajo, f, of Abejoye Street, Majidun, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, that some suspected armed cultists invaded her house and attacked her and other residents of the Majidun community, Ikorodu, on 16th April, 2021 at 8.30 am.

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“The Police, in conjunction with local security operatives in Ikorodu, swung into action and arrested them one after the other between 16th April and 18th April, 2021, while others are still at large,” the police said.

The suspects are Sunday Mesagan, 16, Damilade Matiminu, 24, Oladimeji Orimoloye, 19, and Akinmoye Emmanuel, 24 .

The police said items recovered from the suspects include one cutlass, broken bottles, charms and some offensive weapons.

“The suspects will be taken to the Command’s Special Squad for further investigation on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu. The Commissioner of Police has also ordered that the fleeing members of the gangs be apprehended by all means so as to cause them to face the full wrath of the law,” Mr Adejobi said.

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The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in March signed into law the anti-cultism bill of Lagos State.

The new law prescribes a 21-year jail term for convicted cultists and 15 years for individuals found guilty of abetting cultism.

Following the enactment of the law, the police have recorded several arrests of suspected cultists.

On March 31, the police arraigned 60 suspected cultists at the Yaba magistrate court using the provisions of the new law.

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Police arrest two ‘cultists’ in Lagos

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration on Thursday while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command last Tuesday arrested two suspected cultists during a gun duel with members of the Aye confraternity at Igbelara, Ikorodu area of the state.

Some of the suspects arrested were Waliyu and Timileyin Omobolaji, while others with bullets wounds escaped.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, their arrest is in furtherance of the state police command zeal to decimate cultists in the state.

Operatives attached to the Ikorodu Police Division were said to have received a distressed call that some suspected cultists were seen at Igbelara area with dangerous weapons apparently to cause trouble.

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Adejobi said: “The police, with the help of some community members, rushed to the scene as the deadly gang opened fire on them.”

In a swift reaction, Adejobi noted that the operatives responded and engaged the alleged cultists in gun fight, leaving some persons injured as they fled with bullet wounds.

“Two of them, Waliyu and Timileyin Omobolaji, were eventually arrested with wounds while one cut-to-size pistol, 10 expended cartridges and six live cartridges were recovered from them.

“Those injured have been taken to hospital for medical attention,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has appealed to the public, especially medical practitioners, to alert the police whenever they come across any of the fleeing suspected cultists with bullet wounds.

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The state police boss also commended the police and the public for their courage and commitment to tackling the criminals who have been terrorising the Ikorodu area.

Odumosu, therefore, ordered that the matter be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) at Panti, Yaba, for discreet Investigation.

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