By Amidu Arije
It was end of the road for many cultists in Lagos State as the state police command waged war on cultists and hoodlums in the state leading to arrest of a number of them.
The police command said it will continue to do all it can to get rid of hoodlums and cultist fomenting trouble and threatening security of lives and property of the people in the state.
To achieve this continuously, the state commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, gave a matching order to the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Department via Police Wireless Messages that miscreants, cultists and hoodlums be sniffed out of their hideouts, arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Odumosu said one of the heinous crimes threatening the peace of the state is cultism, this he vowed must be tackled headlong.
According to a statement released by the state Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police divisional officers in Mushin and Ikorodu were able to carry out instructions by the commissioner of police which lead to the arrest of some cultists members in those communities.
Adejobi said, “In compliance with the order, police operatives attached to Mushin Division of the command have arrested some suspected cultists that were on the rampage at Moroluke/Wey Street, Mushin on 8th November, 2020 at about 10 pm.
The suspects arrested include Daniel Adome, m, 18, Popoola Michael, m, 20, Kayode Thomson, m, 18, and Taiwo Okiki, m, 18. They are members of Omo Kasari Confraternity.
Similarly, due to the recent cult-related crises in Ikorodu Area of Lagos State, on 9th November 2020, at about 12:15 pm, a special operational team, that was despatched by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, led by the Divisional Police Officer in Ipakodo, arrested some members of Aiye Confraternity fomenting troubles in the area. The arrested suspects include Opeyemi Oderinde, m, 19, Otubu Samson, m, 17, Otako Jeremiah, m, 16, Kayode Agoro, m, 17, Agbelusi Sunday, m, 20, Kazeem Ishola, m, 20, Olasojo Gbolahan, m, 18, Ayodele Olasunkanmi, m, 18, and Segun James, m, 21.
Items recovered from the suspects include locally-made guns, live cartridges, axes, cutlasses, charms and some other offensive weapons.
The Commissioner of police has concluded plans to work hand in hand with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to secure speedy trial of the suspects as the command’s Operation Say No to Cultism continues.
The Commissioner of Police however recognises and appreciates the roles being played by community members in making the operations successful. He also calls for more supports from all and sundry in the fight against cultism and other vices in the state.”