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Police nabs notorious cultist ‘Pastor’ for murder, robbery

Man in court for assualting police officer

The Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of a suspected cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, aka Pastor, who is alleged to have been terrorising residents and business owners in the Bariga area of the state.

According to the command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, Olatunde had been linked to a series of robbery and murder cases in the area, including the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, a suspected member of the Aiye Confraternity.

He said: “On Saturday, September 14, 2019, around 11.15pm, following sustained monitoring, detectives from the Bariga Police Station arrested one Emmanuel Olatunde, alias Pastor, 31, at No. 27 Oremenunu, Ibafo Street, Bariga. The suspect, who is an ex-convict, is a high ranking member of the Eiye Confraternity terrorising people in Bariga and environs.

“He has a link with a series of robbery and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged.”

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In a similar development, a wanted suspect, Kehinde Bakare, who was declared wanted for the alleged murder of one Samuel Ladejo has been arrested by the command.

According to Elkana, one locally-made pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from Bakare.

“On Thursday, September 12, 2019, around 4.15pm, following sustained monitoring, one Kehinde Bakare, 23, a prime suspect in the murder of one Samuel Ladejo, was arrested at Obalende and one locally-made pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from him.

“It will be recalled that on Monday, October 1, 2018, around 6am, one Bisi Komolafe, an assistant manager at Famous Hotel, situated at No. 36 Obalende Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, reported at the station that one of the hotel’s employees, Samuel Ladejo, left the hotel to attend a party on Obalende Road, Ikoyi, where he was stabbed in the chest by some boys, who ran away. After being rushed to the General Hospital for treatment, the victim later died in the hospital. One Umukoro Otega was earlier arrested in connection with the crime and charged. Bakare will be charged too.”

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