Over 200 suspected cultists in Ikorodu on Monday renounced their membership and surrendered their weapons to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgar.
It was learnt that the cultists surrendered weapons such as 15 locally made long guns, 11 cutlasses, four double barrel guns, four axes, five locally made short guns, one sword and 30 bullets at the Palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu where they formally surrendered.
Commenting on the development, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgar urged Ikorodu residents to partner with security agencies in order to curtail crime and criminality in their community, saying the residents must be vigilant and share information that could help the police and other security agencies to arrest suspected criminals.
Edgar said, “In your midst, I heard that there are still few persons who might not have agreed to join this popular and generally accepted means to shun cultism.
“You must be vigilant and must not allow those few people who have refused to join your group to continue to carry out cultism activities anywhere.
”I have told the Area Commanders and the DPOs that anytime you give them information that some cultists are operating anywhere, they must partner with you and make sure those cultists are arrested and brought to book.”
He added that the command would obtain personal and biometric details of all the members that renounced membership of the group for continuous monitoring by the police.
The Brigade Commander, 174 Battalion, Lt-Col. Benedict Ezeh who witnessed the event in his terse remark said the Nigerian Army is partnering with the Nigeria Police to ensure crime reduced to the barest minimum not only in the Ikorodu community that has become notorious for crime but the entire state.