Lagos Police Arrest 42 Cultists, Recover 10 Firearms In Two Weeks
Not less than 42 suspected cult members terrorising Ijora, Orile, Ebute-meta and Ikorodu areas of Lagos State have been arrested by Operatives of the State Police Command in various operations that lasted for two weeks.
Ten firearms-including six locally made shotguns, three locally semi- automatic pistols and one English made pistol, three battle axes, three cutlasses, three daggers, three knives, 13 live cartridges and multiple charms were recovered from the suspects.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, paraded the suspects on Wednesday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos State.
He declared war on cultists, vowing that the Command will deploy all its operational and human assets in ensuring that they are not given breathing space.
“The Lagos State Command under my watch will deny them access in a very forceful way. The battle to rid Lagos State of cultism and other dangerous and violent criminals has started,” he intoned.
CP Owohunwa further disclosed that preliminary investigations have revealed a worrisome trend, where some cultists supporters and network have the capacity to fabricate semi-automatic and automatic shotguns.
“So our investigation are not only focused on members of these network but to also get to the root of the fabricators of these dangerous weapons, that is the only way we can make mop up and make a clear statement that indeed, we have effectively foiled the current attempt by these cultists, “ he added.