…As Police arrest most wanted cult leader, 20 others
…CP meets with stakeholders to end the menace of cultism, gangsterism
Two persons suspected to be cultists have lost their lives while six others were injured in a clash between two rival cults; Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The Public Relations Officers of the Lagos State Police command, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Friday said that the Police on Thursday, at about 10.00pm, received a distress call that some cult members from two rival groups had engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu palace and Solomade area of Ikorodu.
Elkana noted that the command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams from Ikorodu were promptly drafted to the scene leading to the arrest of the leader of the gang, Yusuf Omidele popularly known as General who according to him, had been on the wanted list of the command and twenty other cultists.
He informed that General was charged to court on several occasions and sentenced to prison even as he said that the suspect completed his last sentence in 2014 and had become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity.
According to him, “He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confraternity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago. The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies.
“Two cultists died from the cult clash and six others were injured. The massive onslaught launched by the Command on cultists and gangsters is a continuous operation with a view to arrest other fleeing members of the gangs. Four locally made pistols, eight matchets and three daggers were recovered. Suspects will be charged to Court”.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police command disclosed that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, yesterday met with traditional rulers, religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents, youths and other stakeholders at Ikorodu with a view to proffer a lasting solution to youth gangsterism, involvement of teenagers and underage persons in cult activities, especially at Ikorodu area.
He observed that all the stakeholders agreed to join the Police in the fight against the menace of uultism and gangsterism in the locality.
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