No fewer than 25 suspected cultists have been apprehended by officers of the Lagos State Police command in the Ijora, Mushin, and Bariga areas of the state.
The raid which was carried out by the Operation Crush arm of the force also saw the recovery of multiple dangerous weapons from the cultists.
One of the suspects, Olaitan Rilwan was reportedly arrested with an automatic pistol which he had hidden inside a bag he was carrying.
And upon interrogation, Rilwan who is just 20-years-old confessed that he belonged to the Aiye Confraternity.
Speaking to newsmen about his arrest and that of other cultists and suspected armed robbers, Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana, stated, “On August 24 around 4 pm, operatives of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested one Olaitan Rilwan, 20, with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag at the Ijora roundabout.
“The suspect confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity. In a follow-up operation at Bariga, one Mustapha Oseni, 23, and 22 others were arrested.”
He continued, “On August 22, around 7.30am, the anti-crime patrol team from the Mushin Police Station, led by Inspector Atipi Agasa, while on patrol of the Olorunsogo bus stop, Mushin, intercepted one Matthew Omisogun, 25, and Yetunde Lawson, 28, on a motorcycle.
“On sighting the police team, the hoodlums attempted to escape but were given a hot chase. One locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from them.
“The suspects belong to a five-man armed robbery syndicate operating in Mushin, Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State.
“The suspects were transferred to the SARS for discreet investigation and will be charged.”