The Lagos Police Command has said that it has intensified the war against cultism and cult activities l by storming the meeting and initiation ground of various cult groups, and arrested members.
It was gathered that over 50 suspected cult members had been apprehended in various locations in the past one week.
The anti-cultism squad of the Lagos State Police Command led by Akaninyene Etuk, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), investigation revealed, apprehended a number of the suspects.
Others were arrested by the various Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the state.
Confirming the arrests during a press briefing, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Edgal Imohimi, said: “Some suspected cultists who have been terrorizing residents of the following areas of the state, Yaba, Ijora-Badia, Badagry and Igando were arrested during the period under review.”
According to him, some of the suspects were arrested while they were performing the rituals of initiating new members, while others were arrested during cult clashes.
“However, it must be noted that from number 1 to 13 were arrested during rival cult fights while the rest were arrested while carrying out initiation rites.”
The arrested suspects included 34-year-old Okechukwu Okoro, 27-year-old Babatunde Seyi, 20-year-old Ahmed Oloshode, 25-year-old Yusuf Olawale, 25-year-old Shina Ajayi, 23-year-old Idowu Alade, 19-year-old Ashimu Wahab, 24-year-old Edeh Afamafuna, 24-year-old Odinaka Okpara, 26-year-old Samuel Ajata, 24-year-old Kelechukwu Maxwel.
Others were 32-year-old Emeka Paul, 28-year-old Ejike Momoh, 25-year-old Gafaru Awedu ,22-year-old Kazeem Garaba a.k.a ‘Akara’, 18-yer-old Raheem Rilwan, 19-year-old Akani Faruk a.k.a ‘Pepe’, 19-year-old Ganiyu Rasheed a.k.a ‘Chinko, 18-year-old Dauda Hammed.
The rest were 19-year-old Shola Suleiman, 27-year-old Ibrahim Abduramon, 43-year-old Ganiyu Yahaya, 22-year-old Elemah Emmanuel, 28-year-old Edun Omowunmi, 24-year-old Akapo Urthman, 28-year-old Sulaimon Olabisi and 25-year-old Mustapha David, Musibau Sodiq (27), Hosea Oriade (32), Okilade Kehinde (25), Idris Atobajaiye ( 22), Rasaki Lemboye(23) Mohamed Tajudeen(29) Adebayo Adedayo (36); Damilare Allen(26); Lukmon Olayinka(39), Isikwe Emine(17), Segun Oladunjoye(22); Dayo Emmanuel (24); Koledoye Damilola(33) Afolarin Shotayo (32), Azeez Oseni (30), Segun Bamidele (25), Femi Kehinde (22) Yusuf Olatunji (20), Matthew Afolabi (21), Fatai Oluwaseyi (23), Odunsi Olawale(25) Hassan, Adekunle (27) Francis Kehinde ( 23), Gbenga Olayinka (27), Ibrahim Ademola (29), Sodiq Shola (29); Tosin Yusuf ( 25) and 21-year-old Samson Kehinde.
Edgal assured that all the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.