By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Cultism activities seem to be gaining ground among secondary schools students in Lagos, as no fewer than four students have been apprehended by police for allegedly engaging in the act along five others.
Arrested along with the students who are in their teens, was the alleged leader and sponsor of the group identified as Mayowa Rauf Oguntoye, aged 18 years.
The students identified as Femi Awoniyi, 17 years, Dauda Sadiq, 15 years, Timileyin Balogun are students of Atunrashe Senior Secondary School. surulere, while the fourth one named Ajala Hafiz, 13 years is from Birch Freeman Junior Secondary School, Surulere.
The Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi while parading the suspects at the command headquarter Friday said the students were intercepted on their way to carry out a hit assignment on a rival student cult group in Mushin area of the state.
He disclosed that five sharp knives and one cutlass were recovered from the suspects arrested by detectives attached to Ilupeju Police Station led by the Divisional Police on 24th April 2018 base on credible information.
” On interrogation, they confessed that they were on their way to attack rival cult group at Eko Boys High School Mushin. The suspects will have a session with Gender Unit of the Command for further enquiry “, the Police boss stated.
Further, Edgal disclosed that the sponsor of the gang was arrested by men of the Anti- Cultism Unit following confessional statement by the students indicting him as their sponsor and provider of their weapons.
On the dreaded cultism suspect, Edgal identified him as Damilare Dare a.k.a Naro,aged 28 years, saying that he has been terrorising residents of Oworoshoki community with members of his gang.
The suspect, identified as the leader of the Aiye Confraternity, Edgal said was apprehended by operatives of the Anti- Cultism Unit following credible information from members of the public, adding that investigation is in progress with efforts to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.
In a related manner, the trio of Jackie Onyekwue, Ezekwe Ibrahim Kingsley and Ayodeji Abiodun were nabbed at Iruwwen Ikorodu area of the state for allegedly attacking wounding and injuring one Mr. Wale Anjorin.
” The cultists led by one Joseph Ashibo attacked and inflicted severe wound on the victim’s right hand. Based on the complaints, manhunt was launched after the cult group by the command’s operatives attached to the RAIDER section, which led to the arrest of the suspect.
The victim learnt that his wife was assaulted by the suspects at her shop located at Iruwen Ikorodu, Lagos. So he rushed to defend his wife and in the process, the suspects stabbed and wounded him grievously “, the Police Commissioner explained.