Three suspected cultists have been killed and others injured during clashes in the Abesan area of Lagos State.
The clash between Eiye and Aye members reportedly started on Boxing Day, when some members of one of the cult groups were attacked and a reprisal attack on Monday led to the death of three cultists.
This comes as the police command arrested fifteen suspected cultists during raids on black spots in Ikorodu and Ajah areas of the state.
According to Tribuneonline, trouble started around the Abesan Low Cost Housing Estate, when suspected members of the Aye cult group attacked the rival group.
Two members of the Aye group were said to have been seriously injured in the attack, resulting in the reprisal attack that led to the death of three rival cult members on Monday.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the command’s spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, confirmed the arrest of some suspected cult members during raids by operatives of the command.
He said: “As part of its efforts to protect lives and property in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has been on the trail of criminals who have been terrorising Lagosians at strategic locations, especially in Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state in order to decimate their plans.”
“On 28/12/2020 at about 4am, while responding to a distress call from Agunfoye area of Ikorodu, the Police Surveillance team attached to Ikorodu Division of the Command arrested one Taiye Lasisi ‘m’, 20, of Agunfoye, with a locally made Revolver pistol”.
He noted that “after his arrest, a search was extended to other black spots in the area where 13 (thirteen) other suspected cultists belonging to Aiye Confrarternity were arrested.”
He listed the arrested cult members as: “Segun Ariyo aka Zangalo, who was once arrested and transferred to the disbanded SARS in Lagos, Kazeem Akinpelu, Ibrahim Oni, Tobi Awoyefa Yusuf Okunlowo, Oyesanya Damola ‘m’, Bola Hassan ‘m’, Toheeb Adesina ‘m’, Hassan Ashiru Onafowokan Michael, Folahan Adeola, Damilola Adeola and Julius Ihara”.
Adejobi added that: “Exhibits recovered from the suspects are eight mobile phones, three bags, one black belt, one White handkerchief containing four lighters, one black nylon containing some charms, some expended and live ammunition and two black 25 litre kegs containing skuchies.
“Similarly, the police operatives in Akodo Division, on December 28, 2020, at about 4am, arrested one suspected cultist, Lekan Razak (20) while attempting to rob at No. 25, Ibomide Street, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
“The suspect, who has confessed to be a member of Eiye Confraternity, was arrested with a locally-made pistol with some live cartridges.”
The commissioner of police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State CID, in Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.