Any cult member arrested by the police in Lagos state with firearm would now be treated as an armed robber and shot by the police.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, gave the directive in Lagos while addressing security stakeholders at the Area M, Police Command, Idimu, Lagos, stating that he has ordered policemen in the state to shoot any cultist found with a firearm.
While identifying cultism as one of the major security challenges bedevilling the state, reiterated that that the police was determined to put an end to cult-related clashes in the state.
Edgal, used the opportunity of the briefing to warn parents across the state to caution their children who are members of various cult groups to renounce their membership and stay out of violence.
He further warned that he would deal with cultists ruthlessly explaining cult members are terrorising residents nowadays more than armed robberies and kidnappings, stressing that the security Town Hall meeting with stakeholders is yielding desired dividend.
“Most parts of the state are currently being terrorised by cultists and I will crush and end their activities. We can no longer afford to treat cultists with kid gloves. We will deal with anyone who is caught with firearms or any other dangerous weapon. I am fully out to tackle it head-on and I urge parents to warn their children to stay out of cultism and turn a new leaf because I am coming for them,” he explained.
“The era where cultists apprehended with firearms are treated with kid gloves is over. I have ordered my men to shoot at any cultist who is seen with a fire arm. This is not a joke, parents must take this message home to their children and warn them to desist from all cult-related activities henceforth.