Police arrest 86 suspects for cultism, violent attacks in Lagos


… Arrest 3 traffic robbery suspects, two others specialized in stealing vehicles in churches

The Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants established by the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has arrested 21 cult suspects at Adamo community in Imota area of the state.

Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana disclosed that the arrest was carried out at about 6.00am on 25th January, 2020 following credible intelligence.

Elkana noted that the suspects, who belong to two rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye confraternities, mobilised from Emure and Adamo communities to unleash terror on residents of Adamo community and environs.

Elkana added that the arrest was carried out in joint operations with operatives from Imota Police Station, Rapid Response Squad, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Area N Command.

“This is a follow up to the Operations carried out at Ijede where 65 cult suspects were arrested. Eleven assorted pistols of different calibre with large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects confessed to be responsible for series of violent attacks, murder and armed robbery incidents recorded in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. The suspects will be charged to Court.

“The Commissioner of Police further reaffirmed the commitment of the command to address the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in Lagos State”, he informed.

Meanwhile, following a sustained monitoring, Police operatives deployed to Ipaja area on anti-traffic robbery patrol (motorcycle patrol) by the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu have arrested three traffic robbery suspects.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana who confirmed the arrest in a statement in Lagos on Sunday narrated that the arrest was effected at about 5.30am on the 19th January, 2020.

While giving the names and ages of the suspects as; Hassan Lekan, 19; Owolabi Seyi, 18 and Ismailia Ibrahim, 19, Elkana added that the suspects specialised in snatching hand bags, phones and money from unsuspecting members of the public.

He continued, “They mostly operate between 04:00am and 07:00am. Items recovered from them include phones and bags they snatched from three different victims. The suspects were charged to Court.

“In a related development, operatives from Ipaja Division arrested two notorious suspects who specialised in car snatching and stealing vehicles from parking spaces mostly at worship centres. The suspects are Bamidele Adebayo ‘m’ and Hakeem Taofik ‘m’.

“On 19/1/2020 at about 1300hours, the suspects stole a Toyota Corolla saloon car at a church in Shagari Estate Ipaja and moved the vehicle to Ijagba village in Sango Ota, Ogun State. Detectives from Ipaja Police station recovered the vehicle at about 1600hrs on the same date from the suspects. The suspects were also charged to Court”, he added.

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