Nigeria Police Apprehends 13 Notorious Cultists in Lagos

Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria.

13 young men suspected to belong to a notorious cult group, who had been terrorizing Lagos and its environs have been nabbed by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

The suspects, Daniel Adome, 18, Popoola Michael, 20, Kayode Thomson,18, Taiwo Okiki, 18, Opeyemi Oderinde, 19, Otubu Samson, 17, Otako Jeremiah, 16, Kayode Agoro, 17, Agbelusi Sunday, 20, Kazeem Ishola, 20, Olasojo Gbolahan, 18, Ayodele Olasunkanmi, 18 and Segun James, 21, were arrested by policemen attached to Mushin and Ipakodo Divisions.

While nine of the suspects were apprehended around 12:15 pm Tuesday at Ikorodu, four were picked up at about 10 pm on Monday during a street disturbance at Moroluke/Wey Street, Mushin.

In a statement, Lagos State Police Spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said their arrests followed a marching order given to Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), and Heads of Departments by the State Command Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

He said the police Boss had charged them to rid the state of cultists and criminals known to cause trouble that threaten peace and security.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu gave the marching order recently to the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Heads of Department via Police Wireless Message that miscreants, cultists, and hoodlums be sniffed out of their hideouts, arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

“According to the Commissioner of Police, cultism precedes and precipitates other heinous crimes and social vices; and it must be tackled headlong.

“In compliance with the order, police operatives attached to Mushin Division arrested some suspected cultists that were on a rampage on November 8, at about 10 pm.

“They are members of Omo-Kasari Confraternity.

“Similarly, due to recent cult-related crises in Ikorodu, a special operational team was dispatched on November 9, at about 12:15 pm by the Commissioner of Police.