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30 suspected cult gang members in police net

The Lagos State police command has paraded 30 suspected members of different secret cult groups arrested across the state for their alleged involvement in cultism activities.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, disclosed that exhibits recovered from the suspects included four Beretta pistols, seven live ammunitions, one double barrel gun, eight locally made pistols, 25 cutlasses and axes.

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The exhibits were also displayed before newsmen at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti Street, Yaba.

Muazu, while parading the suspects, said they were among 100 suspected cultists and gangsters arrested in the last two weeks.

The police Commissioner said the 70 other suspected cultists had been charged to court, while those who were paraded yesterday were still undergoing investigation.

In one raid alone on suspected cultists, Daily Trust learnt, policemen from the Ejigbo police station arrested 10 suspected members of Aye Confraternity, one of the two deadliest secret cult groups in the state. The other is Eye.

The 10 suspects were said to have been arrested while they were carrying out initiation on new members at the Ejigbo mini- stadium on the pretence of organising a football match for youths in the area.

It was learnt that a security team comprising the police, Vigilante Group of Nigeria and Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ejigbo Division, Okuwohi Obabisi, stormed the stadium based on an intelligence report it received.

The suspects were said to have been arrested as they attempted to escape by scaling the fence.

They were apprehended allegedly with the following exhibits: one locally made pistol, three unexpended carriages, four pairs of scissors, one knife, one yellow beret with the insignia of Aiye cult, one hammer and some quantities of weeds/seeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

Those arrested were identified as Nurudeen Usman, 53-year-old Aro Gaddafi, (allegedly found selling weeds suspected to be Indian hemp), Onyedikachi Tennyson Obinna, Augustine Chima, Azeez Musliu, Kingsley Edet, Kingsley Onuoha, Charles Onyekachi, Loveday Joshua and Lawrence Umorelym.

The police alleged that Aiye members had been threatening to avenge the recent killing of some of their colleagues and Ejigbo had been slated as their battlefield for the confrontation expected to be bloody.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the arrest of the suspected cultists was in compliance with Muazu’s directive to all Area Commanders and their respective Divisional Police Officers to go after suspected cult gang members.

Muazu himself disclosed that the police had prevented mayhem by cultists, who have been known to violently celebrate every July 7, which they have termed 7/7.

He said the police identified 10 active cult groups and gangs in various parts of the state and took the battle to their doorsteps.

 

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