Lagos: Police arrest185 cultists, recover pistols

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The police in Lagos have arrested 185 suspected cultists and recovered eight pistols.

Two weeks ago, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc had ordered the deployment of Special forces from the command’s tactical units to Ikorodu and environs to tackle the menace of cultism and gang violence

Operatives of the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants took the battle to the cultists dens at Ikorodu, Ipakodo, Igbogbo, Ibeshe, Shagamu road, Agbowa, among others, according to the command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkanah.

The Operation, which is intelligence driven targeted top leaders and members of various cults and gangs.

Rival cult groups, especially in Ikorodu area, have in the last few weeks engaged themselves in a supremacy battle with resultant death from both sides.

“Operatives of the Special Strike Force were given clear instructions to reclaim and dominate the public spaces and ensure that no cult groups or gangs operate in any part of Lagos State.

The Strike Force has so far arrested 185 notorious cultists and recovered 8 locally made pistols and other dangerous weapons from them.

The suspects confessed to belong to Eiye, Aiye, KK, Buccaneers, Vikings confraternities, among others.

One Gbadamosi Mohammed ‘m’ 30 years old, suspected to be among the cultists who killed one Madariola Sunday ‘m’ at Ibeshe on 21/5/2020 was among the suspects arrested.

Also arrested are Onibudo Afeex ‘m’, Habeeb Isa ‘m’, Felix Igwoke ‘m’, Taiwo Iyanu ‘m’ at Femi Taiwo Street, Ikorodu.

They were arrested in an uncompleted building holding a cult meeting.

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One Adeoye Daya ‘m’ 25 years old, a hit man of Aiye confraternity was arrested at Ikorodu garage with one locally made short gun and rounds of live cartridges. One Shodeinde Tosin ‘m’ a hit man of Eiye confraternity in Igbogbo was also arrested with a locally made shot gun.

The operations will be sustained in all parts of the State until those criminal gangs are totally defeated. The suspects will be charged to court.”