By Lolo Ayaba
Lagos State Police Command has arrested seventeen suspected cultists for gang violence across the state.
The suspects were arrested at Ijora Badia and Ikorodu areas of the state.
It was gathered that Ijora Badia Police Station received a distress call that two rival cult groups armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, engaged themselves in a battle for supremacy at Iso Isu area, Ijora Badia and inflicted various degree of injuries on each other, on Friday February 21, 2020, at about 2:20pm.
Following the distress call, Police operatives from Ijora Badia Division and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants from the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, were immediately mobilised to the area and five suspects were arrested.
The arrested suspects who belong to Aiye and Eiye confraternities were: Olaniyi Abiodun (21) of No. 28, Exeter street, Amukoko; Emola Kamal (20) of No. 28, Epe street, Amukoko; Muritala Gbadeyanka (18) of Badagry area; Kadiri Bashorun (28) of No. 24, Ireti street, Ijora Biadia; and Adebayo Ebiesuwa (25) of 27, Bale street, Ijora-Badia.
In a related development, on Sunday 23rd February at about 11am, Ikorodu Police Station received information that members of Aiye and Eiye confraternities attacked each other at Ladega area Ikorodu. In the process, a 24 year old victim, Lateef Ganiyu Akinpelu a.k.a Eti was seriously injured.
Police operatives from Ikorodu division, Area N, Shagamu Road, Ipakodo, RRS and SARS were mobilised to the scene. Twelve suspects were arrested while the injured person was rushed to General Hospital Ikorodu, where he is currently receiving treatment.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana said twelve suspects arrested were; Ajayi Ibrahim Isiaka Abdullah, Yusuf Balogun and nine others. One locally made pistol was recovered. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will soon be charged to Court.