Funke Busari, Lagos
Seven suspected members of Eiye Confraternity at Agura area, Ikorodu, Lagos State are now in Police custody.
The suspected cultists arrested are Abolaji Arbayo, 21, Josiah Offem, 37, Oluwapelumi Oyeyinka, 25, Lamidi Taofeeq, 41, and Ahmed Shittu, 48 who drove their operational vehicle.
Others are Zainab Nurudeen, 20 (the armourer who sources for guns to operate) and Rabiu Ganiyu, 25.
While those who were in possession of their dangerous weapons, fled the scene on sighting the police.
The suspects were arrested after attacking the officials of a vigilante group, popularly called Agbekoya, when they went to revenge the recent arrest or attack on one of their group members.
They were said to have caused severe injuries on the vigilante officials using machetes and guns.
Meanwhile, the police recovered items from them which included machetes and some charms, one green paragon bus with Registration Number LAGOS APP 600 XA that was used by the suspects for their operations.
The clamp down on the suspected cultists by police operatives attached to Imota Division on Saturday 28th November, 2020 at 2pm, according to the Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP. Muyiwa Adejobi was part of the measures in fighting and curbing crimes and criminality in Lagos State.
Speaking to staff officers and sectional heads at the command Headquarters, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, said the strategies being put in place by the command to curb crimes and criminality, particularly cultism and hooliglism, in the State are essential.
The Commissioner of Police further directed that the case be transferred to the State CID Panti for proper investigation as 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.