Police Arrest 39 Cultists Within Five Days, Recover Automatic, Pistols, Pump Action Guns

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File photo of suspected cultists.

By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

No fewer than 39 suspected cultists were arrested within five days in Lagos by the newly established Squad code named ” Operation Crush” with a mandate to rid the state of cultists.

Two automatic guns, one JOJEFF pump action and four locally made pistols were reportedly recovered from the suspects.

According to report, the suspected cultists, whose ages range between 20 and 45, were apprehended Bariga, Oshodi, Agege, Dopemu and Morogbo area of the State.

Our correspondent gathered that the operation, whicho occurred between 10th and 15th June, were carried out in the midnight when hideout were raided.

Sources informed that one of the operations, which took place on

13th June, 2019 at about 6.50pm, Bariga Police Station,  led by the Divisional Police Officer of Bariga Police Station, lasted for exactly 3hours, 10minutes.

One Danjuma Bala, identified as a notorious cultist and eighteen other members of his gang within ages 20 and 45, were reportedly arrested by the team.

The operations which lasted for exactly 3hours, 10minutes, succeeded in apprehending one Danjuma Bala ‘m’, a notorious cultist and eighteen other members of his gang within ages 20 and 45.

The Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest to journalists on Sunday.

Elkana, who gave a detailed  account of how, where and when the suspects were apprehended, said they have confessed to belong to ‘Eiye’ and ‘Aiye’ confraternities, adding that the suspects will be charged to Court.

His words, ” On 13th June, 2019 at about 6.50pm, acting on credible Intelligence, Operation Crush teams attached to Bariga Police Station,  led by the Divisional Police Officer raided a cultists hideouts at Bariga.

 In a follow up operations on 15th June, 2019  from 5.30pm to 10.11pm twelve additional suspects were arrested. They are within ages 23 and 32.

On 12th June, 2019 at about 3.00am, Operatives of Operation Crush from the Anti Cultism Unit, led by the OC Anti Cultism, CSP Frank Nelson stormed cultists hideouts at Oshodi where one Ayuba Balogun ‘m’ 28 years old, a cult leader and three members of his gang were arrested.

Two automatic Guns were recovered from them. Investigation led the team to Mangoro area, Dopemu,  Agege at about 7.00am, where one Segun Moyo ‘m’ 34 years old and one other member of their gang were arrested. One JOJEFF Pump Action Gun was recovered.

On 10th June, 2019 at about 7.00pm, acting on credible Intelligence, Operation Crush from Marogbo Police Station, led by the Divisional Police Officer arrested two cult leaders namely, Enahoro Ifon ‘m’ and Sunday Oti ‘m’, in their hideout along Badagry Expressway. Four locally made Pistols were recovered from them.

The suspects confessed to belong to ‘Eiye’ and ‘Aiye’ confraternities. Suspects will be charged to Court”.

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