Lagos Police Nets 7 Suspected Cultists

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


No fewer than seven suspected cultists were arrested by police operatives in Lagos at the weekend, New Nigerian Newspaper has learnt.
It was gathered that the suspects were apprehended by detectives attached to Iota Division on Saturday 28th November 2020 at 2.00pm.
The suspects, identified as being members of Eiye Confraternity are Abolaji Abayo, 21, Josaiah Offem, 37, Oluwapelumi Oyeyinka, 25, Lamidi Taofeeq,41, Ahmed Shittu, 48 and a lady, Zainab Nurudeen, 20, said to be their driver and armourer respectively.
According to report, others members of the gang, who were in possession of their dangerous weapon fled the scene on sighting the police.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspected cultists were arrested when they went to attack the officials of a  Vigilante Group, popularly called Agbekoya, in the area on the same date to revenge the recent arrest or attack on one of their group members by the Vigilante group. 
In the process, they were alleged to have caused varying degrees of injury on the Vigilante officials using machetes and guns. 
The police public relations officer SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi while confirming the arrest, said the Command has reaffirmed that fighting cultism is essential to fighting and curbing crimes and criminality in the state.
In a release made available to newsmen on Sunday, Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police Lagos Command Hakeem Odumosu made the reaffirmation in his Ikeja office while reviewing, with the staff officers and sectional heads at the command Headquarters, the strategies being put in place by the command to curb crimes and criminality, particularly cultism and hooliglism.
It reads, ” The Lagos State Police Command has again reaffirmed that fighting cultism is essential to fighting and curbing crimes and criminality in Lagos state. 
The Commissioner of Police  Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the assertion today 29th November, 2020, in his Ikeja office while reviewing, with the staff officers and sectional heads at the command Headquarters, the strategies being put in place by the command to curb crimes and criminality, particularly cultism and hooliglism, in the State.
The police chief seized the opportunity to confirm the arrest of seven (7) suspected members of *Eiye Confraternity* at Agura area, Ikorodu, Lagos state by police operatives attached to Imota Division on Saturday 28th November, 2020 at 2pm.
The suspected cultists went to attack the officials of a  Vigilante Group, popularly called Agbekoya, in the area on the same date to revenge the recent arrest or attack on one of their group members by the Vigilante group. They caused varying degrees of injury on the Vigilante officials using machetes and guns. 
The suspected cultists arrested included ABOLAJI ARBAYO, M, 21, JOSIAH OFFEM, M, 37, OLUWAPELUMI OYEYINKA,  M, 25, LAMIDI  TAOFEEQ,  M, 41, AHMED SHITTU,M, 48 (Driver of their operational vehicle), ZAINAB NURUDEEN, F, 20 ( the armourer who sources for guns to operate) and RABIU GANIYU, M, 25. Others who were in possession of their dangerous weapons, fled the scene on sighting the police. 
Items recovered from them included machetes and some charms, one green paragon bus with Reg No LAGOS APP 600 XA that was used by the suspects for their operations. 
The Commissioner of Police immediately directed that the case be transferred to the State CID Panti for proper investigation s well as sending signals to other cultists and men of the under world that Lagos State will be too hot for them to operate or hibernate. 
CP Hakeem Odumosu therefore ordered the Department of Operations  to reduce his directives on anti crime strategies of the command into a signal and circulate same to all police stations and formations in the command for strict compliance with immediate effect”.

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