A 65-year-old blacksmith and father-of-five, Najim Bakare (pictured far right), has been arrested by the Lagos State Police command, for making and selling guns.
The blacksmith who sells his locally made products for N30,000 each and three other of his friends were arrested for also indulging in cult activities in the Ajah area of the state.
Apart from a double-barrelled shotgun which he sold to a terror gang in his area, the police had recovered one live cartridge and one jack knife from the gang.
Bakare, who hails from the Ibeju-Lekki area, said he sold the gun to the gang for N30, 000 and used the money to meet some domestic needs, adding that the gang members lied to him that they were security men and they needed protection.
He said, “I am a blacksmith. I make hoes, cutlasses and other metal appliances. I also make guns. It is true that I sold the gun to the gang. I sell guns because I need to meet family demands. I sold it to the boys for N30, 000.
“They did not tell me they were cultists. They said they were security men and they needed protection. That was why I sold the gun to them.”
Odusote, who confessed to being a member of the Aye cult, said there were more than 50 persons that were initiated in March 2012 when he joined.
He said, “I dropped out of secondary school in 2012, and became an apprentice barber. It was a friend, Lukman, who introduced me to the cult. We were initiated in a bush in Epe around March that year.
“More than 50 of us were taken to the bush. It was at about 9.30pm. They beat us inside the bush. They were seven masters, and they flogged us with matchetes. We also drank some hard drinks. That was all.”
Idris, 25, from Ajegunle who is married with two children, said he joined the cult to protect himself from attacks, adding that his wife also knew he was a cultist.
He said, “We do not see any big deal in cultism. We joined to protect our area and ourselves because hoodlums were always invading the Alaguntan area where I stayed.”
News men also learnt that a gang member, identified only as Asunmo, was still at large.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrests, adding that investigations were ongoing.
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