Saturday, 28 November, 2020

Police Arrest 25 Suspected Cultists In Lagos




Personnel of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested 25 suspected cultists in Ijora, Mushin and Bariga areas of the state and recovered firearms from them.

Officers of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested one Olaitan Rilwan, 20, with an automatic pistol hidden in his bag, Punch reports.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that the suspect confessed to being a member of the Aiye Confraternity.

“On August 24 around 4 pm, operatives of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested one Olaitan Rilwan, 20, with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag at the Ijora roundabout.

“The suspect confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity. In a follow-up operation at Bariga, one Mustapha Oseni, 23, and 22 others were arrested.”

According to him, the police personnel also arrested some armed robbery suspects and recovered their firearms.

The Anti-Crime Unit of the command, led by Inspector Atipa Agasa, while on patrol on August 22, around 7.30am at the Olorunsogo bus stop, Mushin, intercepted one Matthew Omisogun, 25, and Yetunde Lawson, 28, who were riding on a motorcycle

He added that other suspected cultists and armed robbers were arrested during a follow-up operation.

According to him, the suspects, on sighting the police team, tried to escape but were given a hot chase, and one locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from them.

Elkana also stated that the suspects belong to a five-man armed robbery syndicate operating in Mushin, Ikotun and Igando areas of the state. He noted that the suspects had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for discreet investigation, adding that they would soon be charged.

The PPRO said, “On August 22, around 7:30 am, the anti-crime patrol team from the Mushin Police Station, led by Inspector Atipi Agasa, while on patrol of the Olorunsogo bus stop, Mushin, intercepted one Matthew Omisogun, 25, and Yetunde Lawson, 28, on a motorcycle.

“On sighting the police team, the hoodlums attempted to escape but were given a hot chase. One locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from them.

“The suspects belong to a five-man armed robbery syndicate operating in Mushin, Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State.

“The suspects were transferred to the SARS for discreet investigation and will be charged.”
 

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