By Centus NWEZE
Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested no fewer than fifteen suspected armed robbers and cultists in various parts of the state.
The police said that the operation was part of its efforts to protect lives and property in Lagos State during the Ember months.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Command said it has been on the trail of criminals who have been terrorising Lagosians at strategic locations, especially in Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state in order to decimate their plans.
According to the Command: “On December 28,2020 at about 4am, while responding to a distress call from Agunfoye area of Ikorodu, the Police Surveillance team attached to Ikorodu Division of the Command arrested one Taiye Lasisi ‘m’, 20, of Agunfoye, with a locally made Revolver pistol. After his arrest, a search was extended to other black spots in the area where 13 (thirteen) other suspected cultists belonging to Aiye Confrarternity were arrested.
The arrested suspects included one Segun Ariyo aka Zangalo, who was once arrested and transferred to the disbanded SARS in Lagos, kazeem Akinpelu ‘m’, Ibrahim Oni ‘m’, Tobi Awoyefa ‘m’ , Yusuf Okunlowo ‘m’ , Oyesanya Damola’m’, Bola Hassan ‘m’, Toheeb Adesina ‘m’.
Others are: Hassan Ashiru ‘m’, Onafowokan Michael ‘m’, Folahan Adeola ‘f’, Damilola Adeola ‘f’ , and Julius Ihara ‘m’.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects are eight iPhones, two Techno phones, one Nokia phone, three bags, one black belt, one White handkerchief containing four lighters, one black nylon containing some local Charms, some expended and live ammunition and Two black 25 litre kegs containing skuchies.
In another development, the Police operatives in Akodo Division, on 28th December, 2020, at about 4am, arrested one suspected cultist, Lekan Razak,m, 20, while attempting to rob at No. 25, Ibomide Street, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. The suspect, who confessed to be a member of Eiye Confraternity, was arrested with a locally-made pistol with some live cartridges.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has however ordered for the transfer of the suspects to the State CID Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation. He also reiterated his zero tolerance for cultism and other crimes in the state.