The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of seven members of the ‘Eiye Confraternity’, after a daring attack on some Agbekoya cadres in the Agura area of Ikorodu.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who disclosed this during a briefing in his office, observed that fighting cultism is essential to curbing crimes and criminality in the state.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, the police chief explained that the arrest of seven suspected members of Eiye Confraternity at Agura area, Ikorodu, Lagos state was effected on Saturday by operatives attached to Imota Division of the law enforcement agency.
He said, “The suspected cultists went to attack the officials of a Vigilante Group, popularly called Agbekoya, in the area on the same date to avenge the recent arrest or attack on one of their group members by the Vigilante group. They caused varying degrees of injury on the Vigilante officials using machetes and guns.
“The suspected cultists arrested included ABOLAJI ARBAYO, M, 21, JOSIAH OFFEM, M, 37, OLUWAPELUMI OYEYINKA, M, 25, LAMIDI TAOFEEQ, M, 41, AHMED SHITTU,M, 48 (Driver of their operational vehicle), ZAINAB NURUDEEN, F, 20 (the armourer who sources for guns to operate) and RABIU GANIYU, M, 25. Others who were in possession of their dangerous weapons, fled the scene on sighting the police.
“Items recovered from them included machetes and some charms, one green paragon bus with Reg No LAGOS APP 600 XA that was used by the suspects for their operations.
“The Commissioner of Police immediately directed that the case be transferred to the State CID Panti for proper investigation s 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.
“CP Hakeem Odumosu therefore ordered the Department of Operations to reduce his directives on anti crime strategies of the command into a signal and circulate same to all police stations and formations in the command for strict compliance with immediate effect”