The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 19 suspected cultists in relation to cult-related clashes that engulfed the Alakuko area of the state at the weekend, reports The Gazelle News.com.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, stated this on Monday, 8 February, 2021 via a press statement released in Ikeja.
According to the statement, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, confirmed the arrest on Monday, 8 February, 2021 after a meeting with Police Mobile Force Commanders in the state.
The Police Commissioner stated that items such as dangerous weapons, assorted charms and Indian hemps were recovered from the arrested suspects.
Odumosu stated further that the intelligence at the command’s disposal revealed that the hoodlums came from Otta axis of Ogun State to lay siege on the affected border communities on cult related crises and the command has been repelling them.
He said, “the command has deployed additional police personnel, including Police Mobile Force, to curtail the hoodlums; and restored normalcy to the crises affected communities”.
The Police Commissioner said he has also directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba for discreet Investigation.
Odumosu however called on community leaders in the areas to support the police in combating the crises and getting rid of the bad boys and their antics in their respective areas and in the state at large.
He assured that the command is working assiduously with the Ogun State Police Command to decimate the activities of the hoodlums and cultists in the border areas and towns across the state.
Odumosu again renewed his vow to suppress any act of lawlessness and hooliganism across the length and breadth of Lagos State.
He warned the Motorcycle operators, commercial drivers and Lagosians in general to respect the laws of the state and desist from attacking police personnel and other security operatives who are enforcing the Lagos State Traffic Regulations and COVID-19 safety protocols. He emphasised that the command will continue to discharge its duties without fair or favour.