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The police operatives attached to Imota Division Lagos State command have arrested seven suspected members of Eiye Confraternity at Agura area, Ikorodu.
They were arrested on Saturday after they reportedly went to attack the officials of a Vigilante Group, popularly called Agbekoya, in the area on the same date to revenge the recent arrest or attack on one of their group members by the Vigilante group.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this on Sunday in a statement .
Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, reaffirmed that fighting cultism is essential to fighting and curbing crimes and criminality in Lagos state.
The commissioner stated this in his Ikeja office while reviewing, with the staff officers and sectional heads at the command Headquarters.
He said Odumosu lauded the strategies being put in place by the command to curb crimes and criminality, particularly cultism and hooligalism, in the State.
Adejobi said the cultists caused varying degrees of injury on the Vigilante officials using machetes and guns.
According to him, the suspected cultists arrested included Abolaji Arbayo,21, Josiah Ooffem,37, Oluwapelumi Oyeyinka ,25, Lamidi Taofeeq ,41, Ahmed Shittu, 48, (Driver of their operational vehicle), Zainab Nurudeen , 20 ( the armourer who sources for guns to operate) and Rabiu Ganiyu, 25.
He said others who were in possession of their dangerous weapons, fled the scene on sighting the police.
“Items recovered from them included machetes and some charms, one green paragon bus with Reg No LAGOS APP 600 XA that was used by the suspects for their operations.
“The Commissioner of Police immediately directed that the case be transferred to the State CID Panti for proper investigation s well as sending signals to other cultists and men of the under world that Lagos State will be too hot for them to operate or hibernate.
“CP Hakeem Odumosu therefore ordered the Department of Operations to reduce his directives on anti crime strategies of the command into a signal and circulate same to all police stations and formations in the command for strict compliance with immediate effect.