By Lolo Ayaba
In a renewed effort to curb the scourge of cultism, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Zubairu Muazu, has launched operation crush.
Flagging off operation crush on Monday at Igbogbo Police Station Ikorodu, the Commissioner of Police noted that the new operation is aimed at ending cultism and gangsterism in Lagos State.
Zubairu noted that operation crush will be directly under his command. Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers will lead the various operations in their area of jurisdiction.”
Explaining further, he said that “Tackling cultism requires a holistic approach, we intend to adopt community policing approach. We will soon embark on sensitization programs in collaboration with the police relations committe and other stakeholders in schools, neighbourhoods, media etc.”
Zuibaru further noted that since he assumed duty as Commissioner of Police Lagos State in February 2019, the Command has arrested 202 notorious cult members and they have been charged to court and are at different stages of prosecution. We have recovered 54 assorted weapons. Other successes recorded by the Command include; the arrest of 105 suspects for armed robbery and 7 suspects for kidnapping. Within this time the Command successfully foiled 93 armed robbery attempts through prompt response to distress calls from members of the public at different locations in the state.
Sounding a stern warning, the CP asked members of cult groups to renounce membership of such cults and gang or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.
Zubairu charged parents and guardians to monitor the activities and movements of their children and wards as well as ensure that their mission on public space are legitimate otherwise, they should stay clear.
He also called on everyone, both rich and poor to join in the noble fight. “We must cleanse our communities of those few criminal elements who have threatened our social and economic well-being. Together we can subdue them”.