Security operatives overpowered some cult members and recovered some dangerous weapons from them in Lagos State.
Operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS, recovered seven machetes, axes and other weapons from suspected cult members. The police said that the two suspects were arrested while planning to embark on a revenge mission at Imota area of Ikorodu, Lagos State on January 15, New Telegraph reports.
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, the suspects were arrested after police received information about the cultists’ meeting. Many of the alleged cultists were said to have bolted when they sighted policemen, but the two suspects, Adebowale Oriola (24) and Albert Abiodun (24), were not so lucky.
Recovered from them are one cut-to-size locally-made gun with three live cartridges, two battle axes, two knives, seven machetes and four live ammunition of 9mm calibre. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, said: “The command will go after the fleeing suspects and ensure they are taken away and diligently prosecuted. We appeal to Lagosians, wherever they are, to say something, when they see anything in order to keep Lagos State safe.”
In another development, the police in Akwa Ibom arrested a security guard attached to a church in the state, for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Kimo, who disclosed this to journalists in Uyo on Friday, said the suspect, Joseph Effiong, 29, who works as a security guard at Royal City Central Chapel Church, Uyo, lured the victim to an uncompleted building and defiled her.
The incident, Mr Kimo said, took place on January 13. The police paraded Mr Effiong before reporters.
The police also paraded one Joseph Sunday Essien of Ifa Ikot Obong who was arrested for allegedly raping his 13-year-old step-daughter, Patience Edem.
Another suspected paedophile, Edet Inyang Edem, was also paraded before reporters. He is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl, Mfon Okon, and thereafter abandoned her at a market in Uyo.
The police commissioner said the arrest of the suspects was parts of the successes of the police in the state.
He said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
“On assumption of duty two months ago, I assured the good people of Akwa Ibom State of their safety, peace, and security. I also warned criminal elements to desist from criminality or leave the State because the command under my watch will have zero tolerance for criminality,” the police commissioner said.
“Today, Akwa Ibom State still remains one of the most peaceful states in the country. This we have achieved via broadening our intelligence gathering mechanisms, increased visibility policing, enhancing community-based policing approach and massive deployment of personnel on a need basis, and working in synergy with sister security agencies and the state government.”
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