The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested 86 suspects for cultism and violent attacks in the Ikorodu area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, stated in a statement that the arrests were made in two batches.
“On 25/1/2020 at about 0600hour, acting on credible intelligence, the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants established by the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc arrested 21 cult suspects at Adamo community, Imota.
“The suspects who belong to two rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye confraternity, mobilised from Emure and Adamo communities to unleash terror on residents of Adamo community and environs,” he said.
Elkana explained that the arrest was carried out in joint operations with operatives from Imota Police Station, Rapid Response Squad, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and Area N Command.
According to him, this is a follow up to the operations carried out at Ijede where 65 cult suspects were arrested.
The command’s spokesman said 11 assorted pistols of different types with a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
“The suspects confessed to be responsible for series of violent attacks, murder and armed robbery incidents recorded in Ikorodu area of Lagos State,” he added.
Elkana stated that the suspects would be charged to court and the police commissioner has reaffirmed the commitment of the Command to addressing the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in the state.
A suspected kidnapper, Mufutau Sulaimon, has been killed during a gun battle with the police in Lagos.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Lagos state Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, Sulaimon a.k.a Pencil, has been on the wanted list after the kidnap and murder of two bureau de change operators at Ikorodu in March.
He added that the trail of Sulaimon was successful after sustained monitoring by a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“On 23/6/2019 at about 9.10 pm, a notorious kidnap ring leader who led his deadly gang in the kidnap and murder of two Bureau De Change operators at Ikorodu on the 14/3/2019 after collecting a ransom of N 1.6 m is dead.
“His gang is responsible for mysterious disappearance of people in Ikorodu over a period of time whom they kidnapped, demanded for ransom, murdered and dumped them in septic tank.”
Elkana explained that the SARS team had arrested three members of his gang and found the bodies of the Bureau De Change operators and two other victims.
“They are serial killers, rapists and cultists. Three members of his gang were earlier arrested by SARS operatives and they led the operatives to their den at Ikorodu where corpses of the two Bureau De Change operators and two other victims were recovered.
“A sustained monitoring of the fugitive ring leader finally yielded positive results as the team eventually traced him to his hideout at Odogunya, Ikorodu.
“On sighting the team led by DSP Rotimi ogunmuyiwa, the said Mufutau Timileyin Sulaimon ‘m’ popularly known as Pencil engaged the team in a gun battle.
“Two SARS operatives namely Sgt Omola Adedeji and Sgt Oluwadare Gbenga sustained various degree of injuries, while pencil sustained bullet wound on the two legs and were all taken to hospital.
“While the said Pencil was confirmed dead on arrival, the two injured operatives were taken to intensive care Unit and are responding to treatment.
“One Gun with live ammunition and expanded ammunition were recovered,” he added.
The Lagos State Police have arrested the leader of a notorious cult group in the Ikorodu area of the state along with 20 others.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday.
According to him, the arrest was made after the Force received a distress call that some cultists from two rival groups engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu Palace and Solomade area of Ikorodu.
Subsequently, the Command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams were promptly deployed to the scene where the leader of the gang, Yusuf Omidele, popularly known as General, who according to them had been on the wanted list, was arrested.
He was arrested alongside 20 other suspects, while four locally made pistols, eight machetes and three daggers were recovered.
According to the Police, General had been charged to court on several occasions and sentenced to prison.
He completed his last sentence in 2014 and has become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity, the statement said.
He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confratanity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago.
The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies.
Elkana, however, noted that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu (mni), later on met with traditional rulers, religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents, youths and other stakeholders in the area.
The meeting according to the police, was aimed at discussing lasting solutions to the cultism and other criminal activities by the youths, as the menace has been on the rise especially in the area.
The Lagos State Police Command has discovered and exhumed four decomposing bodies from a septic tank in Ikorodu area of the metropolis.
According to the police, the bodies are those of Bureau De Change operators who were allegedly murdered by suspected fraudsters who swindled them of huge amount of money.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bala Elkana said: “On March 4 , the police command received a complaint from Ikorodu area that some unidentified persons approached Alhaji Yakubu Musa and Alhaji Hassan Umaru, operators of a bureau de change at Benson area of Ikorodu and informed them that they had a relation who returned from overseas and needed to sell $10,000.
“They initially requested that payment would be made in a bank in Ikorodu, but on getting to the bank, the suspects moved the operators to an unknown destination and started demanding ransom from their friends and relatives.
“Despite paying N1. 6 million as ransom, their abductors refused to release them and nothing more was heard from them. The victim’s phones remained switched off.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu detailed the Commander, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to carry out an in-depth investigation into the matter with a view to rescuing the victims and apprehending the suspects. Operatives from SARS Ipakodo base, led by SP Godfrey Soriwei arrested three suspects: Oluwatosin Olanrewaju 40-years old, Mayowa Olawuni (a.k.a General ) and Babatunde Idris (a.k.a Aloma). The suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and led operatives to their den in Ikorodu where they dumped the bodies in a septic tank.
“Two locally-made single barrel guns with five live cartridges, one locally-made gun with three ammunition, one locally-made revolver pistol with three live ammunition, one cutlass, one axe and some charms were recovered from them.
“Investigation revealed that the suspects had at various times used the abandoned company as their den, where all their targets were killed and dumped in the sceptic tank. As part of the investigation, four decomposed bodies were recovered from the septic tank for autopsy.
“The suspects confessed to have killed the other two rival cult members and dumped them in the septic tank before killing the two bureau de change operators. They are currently assisting the police in the arrest of the other fleeing members of the gang. “Investigation is ongoing, suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”
The suspects were said to have opened fire on sighting the security operatives and used some of their hostages as shield.
Two policemen were injured while a teenager was hit by a stray bullet during the incident which lasted about one hour.
Elkana revealed that other members of the gang made an attempt to attack a police station at Imota community, also in Ikorodu.
According to him, the attack was repelled by officers on duty while effort is ongoing to investigate the matter.
Read the full statement below:
Police Repelled attack on Police Station and arrested Three Suspects
On 18/03/2019 at about 1730hrs following a tip-off, a team of Policemen on surveillance at Adama community, Ikorodu raided a den of cultists who specialize in ritual murder and kidnapping for ritual purposes. On sighting the Police, they opened fire and equally use some of their hostages as human shields.
During the operation that lasted for about one hour, two Police Officers were injured and three suspects were arrested namely, Ahmed Hassan, Daniel Enyin and Olaniran Alium. One Hadiyat Sikiru f 18yrs, an SS1 Student was hit by a stray bullet.
Attempt by other members of the deadly gang to attack our Police Station at Imota was met with stiff resistance by the gallant officers on duty.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation, Panti to take over the case for in-depth investigation
The Lagos State Police Command has allayed fears of residents following apprehension making rounds on social media that females around Ikorodu area should stay indoors and refrain from moving around town on Tuesday, May 8 for the Oro Day festival.
In a statement jointly signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, shortly after a meeting, the command blamed the report on mischief makers.
It, however, assured the women folk in the Ikorodu axis and other parts of the state of their safety and right to freedom of movement.
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media that the female gender is forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around the town with effect from tomorrow 8/05/2018 being the day set aside as ORO DAY.
“In view of the above, the CP Lagos called for a meeting attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Alhaji Muslim Folami,” the statement read.
During the meeting, Oba Shotobi noted that it was unthinkable for a man with his level of exposure to do or say anything that would be seen as discriminatory against the female gender.
He, however, acknowledged that the festival was an age-long tradition of the Ikorodu people which had been even before he was born.
The traditional ruler added that the festival would hold without denying the female folks their right to freedom of movement.
According to the statement, the police commissioner said the command would not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.
He also noted the police would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to cause trouble in the state.
Imohimi urged the women to go about their lawful business without hindrance, while the meeting ended with a joint press statement assuring the people of Ikorodu that the festival would be peaceful.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that criminal elements in the Ikorodu axis of the state will no longer have a place to hide.
The governor said this on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu.
He told traditional rulers, political and religious leaders, as well as top security chiefs at the gathering that the new unit would go a long way in effectively addressing the security challenges experienced in the area and its environs in recent times.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside from the fact that the primary responsibility of government was to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the commitment of his administration to transform all parts of the State.
He added that no meaningful development can be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about the safety of lives and property of residents.
“The security and safety of residents of our dear state cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well-meaning individuals and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the state.
“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location was initiated by the Lagos State Government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the state.
“With the commissioning of this Squadron, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide,” the governor said.
He further commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for approving the request for the establishment of the unit and for partnering with the state government to ensure that criminals do not have a safe haven in any part of Lagos.
According to him, incidences of violent crime in Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos will be tackled headlong in line with the renewed vigour and commitment of police and other security agencies.
Ambode, who stressed the importance of community involvement in fighting crime, specifically urged community leaders and all residents of the axis to support the security personnel that would be deployed to serve at the base.
He also asked them not hesitate to pass on useful information that would help in tracking down criminally minded persons in the area.
The Lagos State Government has on Wednesday announced the restriction of the operation of interstate buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
Therefore, a seven-day ultimatum has been issued to the vehicle operators to relocate from Ikorodu roads to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota.
The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this after an inspection tour of the ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu,
He said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to install sanity and civility in the environment.
He said, “This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and was very displeased with what he saw particularly in the manner with which long buses, inter-state buses are using the main town and what we have done so far is the initial announcement to say that henceforth, we will no longer allow inter-state buses to be along Ikorodu Road.
“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger which are the two designated inter-state motor parks. The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move and there is a 7-day ultimatum for every one of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move.”
Speaking on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings.
He said, “Take for instance, the New Jersey Barricades here are being destroyed and they are built with taxpayers money. We have also seen the way vegetal nuisance have taken over everything particularly areas that are being used by the operators of the interstate buses in spite of the repeated warnings that this is no longer acceptable.”
The Commissioner said the affected stakeholders should work with government, assuring that the development would not in any way affect their businesses and livelihood.
Also, the Lagos State acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said the ban was part of the plan of the government to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.
He said that government had already provided more than enough spaces for the affected operators at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, saying that a stakeholders’ meeting would also be held on this week to discuss and allocate spaces for operators at the said parks.