Police apprehend armed cultists and robbers

Charles Nwoke, Lagos, Nigeria.
January 2, 2020 

Image courtesy of local sources, fair use.

The Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police has arrested suspected armed robbers and cultists at various locations in the state.

The commander RRS CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and Divisional Police Officer, Akodo Division, Ajah, stated this today Saturday, 2nd January 2021, while briefing the Commissioner of police on their achievements, respectively informed that their teams arrested 10 suspected armed robbers and 2 Aiye Confraternity members at various locations in the state.

RRS operatives, led by the Commander RRS, on patrol in Lekki, in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021, arrested two suspected robbers operating on motorcycles and eight suspected criminals in their various hideouts.

The suspected robbers are Hussein Hudu, male, 23, and Ibrahim Bello, male, 25, while one Adamu Zango, 35, still at large, viciously attacked and stabbed one Robert at the back around 4 am on Friday, in a bid to dispossess him of his bag and mobile phones. Preliminary investigation reveals that the trio connived, converged, and lodged on Obalende Area, Lagos, in preparation for their robbery operation.

Items recovered from the robbery suspects include two knives and their operational motorcycle with Registration Number AGL 808 QL

Meanwhile, eight suspected criminals including three suspected cultists, five drug dealers and takers were, in an all-night patrol on New Year’s eve, picked up at different locations within the state. The suspects include Kabiru Tajudeen, male, Ibrahim Hamed, male, Elijah Ogbonna, male, Daniel Emmanuel, male, Chukwuma Abiaza, male, Rafiu Kolawole, male, Ibrahim Ogundimu, male, and Nwerrih Elvis, male.

Similarly, the police operatives attached to Akodo Division arrested two suspected members of Aiye Confraternity at Eleko Beach in an attempt to attack their targets in the area on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1 pm.

The suspects are Adegbenga Balogun, male, 25, and Temitope Yusuf, male, 24. Items recovered from them include one locally-made pistol with some live cartridges and some charms.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to State CID, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and prosecution.

CP Hakeem Odumosu reaffirms his zero tolerance for crimes and social vices, especially cultism which is the root of all violent crimes. He further vows to take the battle to their dens and flush them out of Lagos State according to the provisions of the law.

“No room for armed robbers and cultists in Lagos,” he said.