By DSP Ken Nwosu
Sequel to increased cases of cult and gang-related violence in neighborhoods of Lagos State, the State Police Command has ordered a massive crackdown on hoodlums, especially in the cult-prone areas like Ikorodu, Mushin, Alakara, Apapa Road etc.
Pursuant to that, operatives of the Command conducted an operation on July 8, 2015 in Ikorodu and arrested eleven (11) suspected members of two notorious cult groups namely: Black Axe (aka Aye) and Eiye Confraternities.
The Command has also assured that the operation would be sustained even as efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing members of these deadly groups with a view to ridding the area of the violence associated with their activities.
In a similar vein, thirteen (13) suspected cult members, who allegedly hacked one Abdul-Wasiu Ramon ‘m’ to death on July 10, 2015 at Ayobo have been arrested, while the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in a public morgue for post mortem examination, just as investigation geared towards arresting other fleeing members of the group is in progress.
In another development, on Friday, 10th of July, 2015, Police Operatives deployed to crush the disturbing menace of “One Chance Robbery Syndicates” on the roads, especially during traffic gridlocks associated with peak hours intercepted a motorcycle with three passengers along Mile 2 Axis of the Oshodi-Apapa Express Road. On sighting the operatives, the passengers abandoned two bags they were carrying and fled. When the bags were searched by the operatives, some phones were recovered. Moments later, the owners of the phones started calling their lines and Police operatives invited them to come for identification and collection.
The Lagos State Police Command has however enjoined Lagosians to keep on supporting the efforts of the Police in ensuring the safety and security of neighbourhoods.
In a related development, the Command has observed with dismay the disturbing activities of cult groups and other associated criminal gangs.
In a release, the Command noted that neighborhoods and immediate communities have been rendered vulnerable by the activities of these hoodlums with Mushin, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and their environs as endemic areas.
Sequel to this ugly development, the Command has advised parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to be wary of the type of friends and company they keep, just as it called for the support of religious and traditional leaders in the form of educating their followers on good moral behaviour.
The Command confirmed that the activities of these hoodlums have been responsible for the rise in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of violent crime being experienced in neighborhoods.