One Apprehended As Police,  Suspected Cultist Exchange Fire In Lagos

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command and some suspected cultists reportedly engaged themselves in an exchange of gun  duel, with one of the suspects apprehended with gun shot injury at the end of the duel.

One semiautomatic pistol, four live ammunition and one hat with cult insignia were said to have been recovered from him.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred in the early hours of July 8, 2023, in Ikoyi area of the state.

According to report, the suspect Identified as  Idris Ayinla 33, alongside three others were in a red Toyota Matrix with registration number EKY 638 EX, heading towards Oniru Beach when the operatives on routine patrol of Admiralty Road, Ikoyi flagged them down.

The Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson SP Benjamin Hundeyin who confirmed the incident said, “After the driver had brought the car to a stop, one of the occupants offered the officers some money, which they declined, rather insisting on searching the vehicle. 

” Sensing danger, the suspects all ran out of the car and one of them, Idris Ayinla, shot at the operatives while attempting to escape.

” The operatives responded swiftly, as a result of which he sustained a gunshot wound on his leg, arrested him and recovered his firearm. 

” The suspect has since been transferred to the Command headquarters for harmonization with ongoing investigations into activities of cultists within the state, after which all culpable suspects will be arraigned. Meanwhile efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects. 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has  commended the Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi and his operatives for their alertness and dedication to duty.

He assured Lagosians of the Command’s continued resolve to ensure their optimum safety and security.

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