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42 Cultists Have Been Arrested For Terrorising Lagos Areas

On Wednesday, the Lagos State Police Command reported the arrest of 42 suspected cultists in connection with a series of offences in the state’s Ijora, Orile, Ebute Meta, and Ikorodu regions.

While parading the suspects at the command headquarters in the Ikeja area of the state, the state Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, stated that during his last conference with police and field officers across the state, he identified cultism as an evolving crime threatening the state’s internal security.

“I laid out a new set of operational plans to confront the emerging threat,” he stated. I reorganised the command’s special unit, zoned the state, and completely equipped and reoriented the various special units with the assistance of the Inspector-General of Police.

“We sent them to our Area Commands, equipped and charged them to operate optimally not just to identify these cultists, but to undertake intelligence-led operations so that the battle is brought to their doorsteps.”

“I am pleased to report that, as of today, we have arrested 42 suspected cultists in operations carried out at Ijora, Orile, Ebute Meta, and Ikorodu as part of intelligence-led anti-cultism operations.”


“In the course of these operations, a total of 10 firearms of various descriptions, including six locally-made short guns, three locally-fabricated semi-automatic pistols, and one English-made pistol, three battle axes used in hacking down innocent citizens or their rivals, three cutlasses, three daggers, three knives, 13 live cartridges, multiple charms, were recovered from the cultists.”


Owohunwa said the command would deploy all operational assets and the leadership that would enable the special unit of the command to sustain the battle against cultists determined to threaten the internal security of the state.
He added, “The command, under my watch, will deny them the space in a forceful manner to operate and threaten the peace that an average Lagosians so yearn for.

“Secondly, is to reassure Lagosians that the battle to rid Lagos State of cultists and other criminals has started and we will not relent until we restore order across the state.

“So, the cultists or any criminals that operate under whatever guise should take this as a clear and fair warning. They have an option, you either change for the better and opt for a legitimate means of livelihood or you have the police in Lagos State and the law to contend with.”

The CP, while seeking the cooperation of residents by way of information and cooperation, said a common front must be established to subdue cultists in the state.



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