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33 suspects arrested for cultism, murder in Lagos

By Lolo Ayaba

The Lagos state police command is currently investigating 33 suspected cultists over their involvement in the death of two persons on Wednesday 10, April, 2019.

It was learned that trouble started after members of rival cult groups from Alakara, Mushin and Onipanu, Shomolu, armed with dangerous weapons and engaged themselves in a fierce supremacy fight at Fadeyi, Onipanu, along Ikorodu road.

Unfortunately during the scuffle, two person were killed.

The two victims identified as Tobi Kuti suspected to be one of the hoodlums and Samuel Geofrey who works with DTD Services, Apapa were caught up in the web of the hoodlums as they unleashed terror at Fadeyi, Onipanu.

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It will be recalled the dispatch rider, Samuel Geofrey died after he was hit by a stray bullet.
Newsbeats learned that the fight started at about 11am with sporadic shooting that left people scampering for their lives and the federal road closed down for hours.

According to an artisan Lukmon who witnessed the fracas, “the crisis is not a small matter. Immediately the shooting started, the police on ground ran away, because those boys were heavily armed. They were not carrying pistols. I don’t know how to describe their guns, but the guns they carried surpassed that of the police in terms of the sophistication. It was after the whole crisis has simmered that the police and some SARS officials came to the scene,”

33 suspects arrested for cultism, murder in Lagos
Dispatch rider

Confirming the arrest, DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State said that on Wednesday 10 April at about 11:30 Onipanu Police Station received a distress call that hoodlums were on rampage, immediately patrol teams and Operatives of Tactical Units were promptly deployed to the scene. The teams swiftly contained the situation and restored normalcy.

However, thirty-three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and two locally made short guns with ten live cartridges and other dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives, etc were recovered. The Command has deployed more resources to the affected areas for manhunt of other fleeing members of the gangs. Investigation is ongoing.

“The commissioner of police, Zubairu Muazu has called on Parents to monitor the activities of their children especially those who engage themselves in cult activities and gangsterism, as the Command is duty bound to deal decisively with criminal elements in line with the law and protect the lives of the good people of Lagos State”, he added.

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