By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Efforts of the Police to mop up illegal firearms from the society and stamped out cultism have received a boost, as sixteen suspects including a two- times ex- convict have been apprehended in Lagos by the police.
The suspects, arrested at Ilasan-Jakande area of Ajah, Ketu and Apapa areas of the state, were said to have been apprehended over alleged possession of unlawful firearms and being members if unlawful society.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command, Edgal Imohimi while conforming the report said the suspects were arrested by a crack team of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives and undercovers of the command following intelligence report.
Nine out of the suspects, identified as Andrew Awenebi, 38 years, the ex-convict, Azeez Idris. 28 years, Wale Oyekan,40, Uche Ugbo 38, John Dayo,20, Tajudeen Oluwatosin, 30, Azeez Olayemi, 21, Femi Orijobi, 21, and Joseph Kolawole, 22, according to Edgal, were arrested within Ilasan Jakande Estate in Ajah area of the state.
Edgal, while parading the suspects Tuesday at the command’s headquarter, said they confessed to be members of the notorious Eiye confraternity cult group a.k.a ” Bird ” that has made life a nightmare for the inhabitants of Jakande and Lekki area of the state.
He identified Andrew Awenebi popularly called “Flying Bird”, as the ringleader of the gang, saying that the suspect confessed he was initiated into the group in 1990 by one Efrebor.
According to Edgal, the suspect also confessed to be a two time ex- convict that had at one time being charged to Ebute- metta Magistrate Court as a result of inter-cult clashes in Ajah/Lekki areas in.which many lives were lost.
Edgal, also hinted that one of the suspects named Azeez Idris, confessed to be the leader of the Eiye Confraternity in Ilasan, including the killing of many citizens in the location.
” He told the police that once he puts on his red regalia, it means that somebody must be killed”, Edgal said.
The police boss disclosed that one locally made single barrel pistol, two battle axe, two daggers, one cutlass, charms and a pair of red regalia were recovered the suspects.
Further, Edgal who identified some of the suspects to include Oloyede Babatunde Usman, 24, Idowu Peter, 29, Gbenga Odusanya,37, and Ismaila Ogunnoiki,39, said they were nabbed in Keti area of the state on 11th May, 2018 based on credible information.
Others, which he named to be Timothy Steven, 22, Salam Sodiq, 30, and Segun Arinze, 31, were apprehended in Apapa area of the state by police operatives same day.
Adding that seven cutlasses, one battle axe and one knife were recovered from the suspects, Edgal said all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.