No fewer than 39 suspected members of dreaded cults have been arrested from various locations of the Lagos State within one week by the Anti-Cultism Unit of Lagos State Police Command.
The suspects whose ages ranged between 18 and 41 years included Kudus Ogunyemi, Gbadamosi Abdulwasiu, Gbolagun Wasiu, Bakere Ibrahim, Olorunwa Oduntan, Kazeem Ahmed, Korede Hammed, Quadri Banjoko, Taofeek Ajayi Adekunle and Ayomide Olawale.
Others were Obinna Emmanuel, Ngba Ifeanyi, Nasiru Endurance, Anyakansi Wisdom, Ibikunle Tunde, Lekan Aminu, Hassan Adekanbi, John James, Femi Boe, Olarewaju Olamide, Sadiq Quadri, Kehinde Olowu, Wasiu Ogunbayode, Lucky Ebeigbe, Okochi Israel, Oluwasegun Abiodun, Kehinde Ogunkunle and Oluwasegun Olayemi.
The suspects also included Taiwo Akinwande, Aluko Ojo, Babatunde Oroja, Adeoye Adeshaye, Jimoh Bayo, Akeredolu Kunle, Olatunde Olalekan, Obafemi Idowu, Jide Olowolayemo, Tajudeen Oloyede and Michael Adenakun.
LEADERSHIP gathered that, the suspects were described as dreaded in their various areas of operation while the increasing spate of involvement in cult-related activities by youths in Lagos has provoked the anger of the police as lack of parental care seemed to be the encouraging factor.
The State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, has therefore blamed parents, guardians and the community for not doing enough to diligently check-mate the activities of their children and wards.
HE said that, the 39 suspected cultists were arrested from various locations in Lagos within one week by the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Command.
He said, “It surprises me that we are still recording a lot of arrests in our fight against cultists, it means that parents, guardians, communities are still not warning their children and wards well enough.
“Cultism does not pay. We must bring up those who would be leaders of tomorrow, those who would represent this country well and not those in the likes of these ones I have just described as dreaded.
“It would be recalled that over 500 suspected cultists have been arrested and paraded by the Lagos State Police Command within the past five months. This is in spite of the grace given by the police authorities for them to willingly surrender their weapons and renounce membership of the various groups.”
LEADERSHIP gathered that some of the suspects were forced to join the cults which included Aiye and Eiye confraternities by leaders of the groups.
Edgal added that, the items which included two locally made single barrel guns, two knives, one axe, charms and one cartridge were recovered from them.
However, the CP said the suspects would be charged to court after the investigation.
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