Arrest of 319 cultists: Police Commissioner warns parents of suspects
By Udeme Clement & Faith Idem
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command headquarters, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has called on parents to monitor their teenage children, to ensure they do not associate with cultists and criminals capable of influencing them to commit crimes in the State.
Edgal Imohimi, said this while parading dreaded armed robbers and over 319 cultists apprehended by Lagos Police, from different places in Lagos, expressing displeasure about the number of under-aged children involved in cultism.
He said, “Parents should monitor their wards who are under-aged, in order to prevent them from getting involved in serious crimes that can jeopardise their future development in the society. Parents have a major role to play in the up bringing of their children because it is their constitutional responsibility. Infact, in Lagos State, going forward, whenever we arrest under-aged children for committing crimes, we are going to arrest their parents as well. So, parents should begin to monitor the activities of their children”.
ARREST OF CULTISTS
The Police Commissioner went on, “ On 24/04/2018 at about 0930 hours, the DPO Ilupeju and his men arrested four male suspects, three of which are students of Atunrashe Senior Secondary School, Surulere while the other is a student of Birch Freeman Junior Secondary School, Surulere. The fifth suspect, Mayowa Rauf Oguntoye who is a non student, is the alleged leader and sponsor of the group was arrested by men of the Anti-Cultism Unit after the students mentioned him as their sponsor and the provider of their weapons.
Their names are:
- i)Femi Awoniyi (male, 17 years)
- ii)Dauda Sodiq (male, 15 years)
iii) Timilehin Balogun (male, 17 years)
- iv)Ajala Hafiz (male, 13 years)
- v)Mayowa Rauf Oguntoye (male, 18 years)”.
He continued, “The suspects were arrested on their way to carry out a hit assignment. Upon interrogation, they confessed that they were on their way to attack rival cult group at Eko Boys High School, Mushin. Suspects will have a session with Gender Unit of the Command for further inquiry.
Exhibits recovered from them includes five sharp knives and one cutlass.”
WOUNDING/ARREST OF CULTISTS
He stated further, “On 16/04/2018 at about 2030 hours, a group of Eiye Cultists, attacked and wounded one Mr. Wale Anjorin (male) of Ikuwen Ikorodu, Lagos. The cultists led by Jospeh Ashibo, attacked and inflicted severe wound on the victim’s right hand. Based on the complaint, manhunt was launched after the cult group by the Command’s operatives attached to the RAIDER section, which led to the arrest of the following suspects:
- i)Jachike Onyekwue (male)
- ii)Ezekwe Ibrahim Kingsley (male) and
iii) Ayodeji Abiodun (male)”
“The victim learnt that his wife was being assaulted by the suspects at her shop, located at Iruwen Ikorodu, Lagos. So he rushed to defend his wife and in the process, the suspects stabbed and wounded him grievously. The case will be charged to court, as soon as investigation is concluded”.
ARREST OF ARREST OF SIX ARMED ROBBERS
He added, “ On 23/04/2018 at about 2330 hours, Mrs. Dorathy ‘(female) of No. 6, Olayinka Street, off Johnson B/Stop, Itire, Lagos was attacked at the aforementioned address by five armed men, who robbed her of her iTel Phone and N20,000. The alarm raised by the victim attracted the attention of nearby policemen who gave the robbers a chase leading to the arrest of one of them by name Chinedu Vincent (male, 21 years), from whom the stolen iTel phone was recovered”.
“Thereafter, the suspect led the police to the arrest of four other suspects who participated in the robbery, their names are
- i)Isa Lasisi (male, 20 years)
- ii)Samson Fabiyi (male, 33 years)
iii) Fatayi Saka (male, 20 years)
- iv)Ajakaiye Rilwan (male, 21 years)”
“ Similarly, on 26/04/2018 at about 0400 hours, at No. 20, Market Bus Stop, Shibiri Ajangbadi, Kamoru Tosin (male, 25 years) was arrested based on a tip off. The suspect is a dreaded armed robber who had been terrorising Ojo and Ajangbadi areas of Lagos. He normally operates with a motorcycle. Recovered from him includes:
- i)English Berretta Pistol;
ii)His Operational Honda Motorcycle with Reg No. EKY-993-QJ Colour –Blue;
iii) Motor spare-parts suspected to be vandalised;
- iv)Assorted charms and Cell Phones.
Suspect is aiding the police in their investigations.”
ARREST OF SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER
“On 26/04/2018 at about 0540 hours, patrol team attached to Ajegunle Division while on Stop and Search duty along Fatima Lane Boundary, Ajegunle accosted Taoreed Oyeyemi (male, 27 years), during which a locally made pistol was recovered. Suspect currently giving useful information to the police on the activities of his criminal gang.
The case will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded”.
(As promised, this is the second segment of the report on Lagos Police).