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Police arrest cultists, robbers in Lagos



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The Lagos State Police Command have announced the arrest of 38 suspected cult members for attacking unsuspecting members of the public and damaging vehicles during a supremacy fight in the Ikorodu area of the state.

This was disclosed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday.
According to Elkana, policemen mobilised to the scene of the attack and arrested the suspects and restored normalcy in the area.

Elkana said: “On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, around 9.30am, youths from Idiroko, Adeola and Ajose in the Owutu area of Ikorodu, engaged themselves in a supremacy fight at the Idiroko area, Owutu, Ikorodu. In the process, the youth attacked passers-by and damaged some vehicles in the area.

“However, combined teams of policemen mobilised to the scene successfully brought the situation under control and restored normalcy in the area. Thirty-eight suspects were arrested and taken to the office of the task force in Oshodi for prosecution. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the area to forestall a further threat to law and order.”

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The police spokesman also revealed that the following day, the personnel of the Operation Crush, acting on credible intelligence, arrested 34 suspected members of the Awawa Boys for allegedly terrorising the Agege area of the state.

According to him, the suspects were arrested during a raid on their hideouts, adding that seven bags of a substance suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered during the operation.

“On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, around 8.30am, acting on credible intelligence, men of the Operation Crush raided some criminal hideouts in the Akerele area, Agege. Thirty-four suspects known as Awawa Boys, who had been terrorising the area were arrested, while seven bags of weed suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them. Meanwhile, the suspects have been handed over to the task force in Oshodi for prosecution,” he stated.

In a related development, five suspected armed robbers have been arrested for disturbing the peace at Ilasan in the Lekki area of the state.

According to Elkana, one locally-made pistol with 10 unexpended cartridges was recovered from the suspects.

He said: “On Friday, July 19, 2019, around 1.30pm, the Ilasan Police Station received credible intelligence that a group of hoodlums, suspected to be armed robbers/cultists, were sighted behind the Angle 90 Bar, Ilasan, Lekki. A team of policemen was quickly mobilised to the scene. The leader of the gang, Ibrahim Abu, 32, and four others, Samuel Usai, John Nwaru, Emmanuel Moro and Michael Daniel, were arrested.

“Upon searching the suspects, one locally-made pistol with 10 unexpended cartridges was recovered from them. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court.”

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