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Anti-Cultism War: Lagos Police Engage Cultist in Gun Battle, Arrest 2, Recover Arms

By Nurudeen Adebayo

In keeping with its promise to eradicate cultism in the state, officers of the Lagos state police command on Tuesday 19th January, 2021 engaged suspected members of Aiye Confraternity in a gun duel at Igbelara Area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Making this known to members of the press, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the PPRO said the intervention which took place at about 12:30 pm was a direct response from men of the Ikorodu Police Division to a distress call from members of the community. The suspected cultists, wielding dangerous weapons had been fomenting trouble at Igbelara Area of the LGA.

He said, “a fierce exchange of bullets ensued after the suspected cultists opened fire at the officers who raced down to the scene following the call. After minutes of shootout, the former fled the area with bullets wound, leaving some of their injured members behind. Two of them, Waliyu, m, and Timileyin Omobolaji, m, who fled the scene were eventually arrested, with one cut-to-size pistol, ten (10) expended cartridges and six (6) life cartridges in their possession. The injured ones have since been taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.”

Following this incident, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has appealed to the general public, particularly, medical practitioners, to alert the police should they come across any of the fleeing suspected cultists with bullet wounds.

While commending the officers for their bravery, the police boss also hailed members of the public for their ‘resolve to assist law enforcement officers in stemming the tide of cultism and other forms of criminality in the locality’.

CP Odumosu, assuring residents of the state on his men’s commitment to rid Lagos off cultism and other vices added ‘All hands (of my officers) are on deck to continually fight crimes and criminality to a halt in Lagos State’.

To ensure a thorough and discreet investigation into the matter, CP Odumosu, afterwards ordered a transfer of the case file to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

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