Police arrest 137 cultists in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command had a festival of arrest of cultists early in the week, rounding up about 137 suspected cult members in the suburb of the state at various locations of initiations and annual ritual rites or anniversary.

National Daily learnt that the cultists were arrested during their seven/seven procession under the guise that they were having a birthday party, at different locations in Ikorodu and Ogombo areas in the suburbs of Lagos.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, remarked that the State Command cautioned the cultists last Thursday to shelve the plan to hold their sacred day procession, known as the seventh day of the seventh month, in any part of the state.

He added that the Command further appealed to members of the public   to provide the Police with information on any group of persons noticed to be gathering anywhere within their vicinity for unusual activities. The Police, he said, acted on useful intelligence provided to the Command, then, transmitted to the Officer In-Charge of the Anti-Cultism, resulting in the arrest of 120 suspects at Ikorodu where they were observing the 7/7 day. Additional 17 suspected cult members were said to be arrested at Ogombo, Ajah, during initiation rites and 7/7 anniversary.

Imohimi stated he has ordered that the cultists should be profiled, thereafter; Police would invite their parents and guardians for questioning.

The Commissioner narrated that items recovered from the suspects include one big banner with zero, seven and black axe logo, a yellow keg containing three litres of liquid substance and six other small kegs with similar contents suspected to be mixture of different dangerous drugs, adding that other exhibits include one big clay pot, one small calabash and one locally-made cut to size pistol.

The CP said the suspects would be distributed into smaller groups to facilitate investigations, files opened for them, and they would subsequently be charged to court after profiling.

The list of arrested cult suspects includes over 25 females.

The arrested cults suspects were identified to include:  Nifemi Fadairo F; Okunlew Habibat F; Musiliu Taiwo F; Olanike Lasisi F; Sulimon Kabiru F; Olarenwaju Zainab F; Oyedele Elezabeth F; Alima Olowu F; Abosede Popoola F; Ebele Joseph F; Onuwka Uchena 28yrs M; Olawaseyi Elijah 38yrs M; Abayomi Opeyemi 30yrs M; Boluwatife Akionla 18yrs M; Henry Ikuesan 25yrs M; Ibenewa Femi 21yrs M; Muize Onabanjo 21yrs M; Lawal Mumuni 17yrs M; Abidemi Caleb 23yrs M; Adedeji Segun 17yrs M; Mohammed Ibrahim 31yrs M; Samuel Olusegun 32yrs M; Ibrahim Alibaba 30yrs M; Ezekiel Apanaday 22yrs M’; Ayodele Ahmed 27yrs M’; Denis Kingsley 28yrs M’; Babtunde Ademola 27yrs ‘M’; Akinpelu Bukola 30yrs F’; Oladeji Faridat 25yrs F’; Bilikisu Iliasu 23yrs F’; Oluwakemi Kolejo 24yrs F’; Awolesi Sekinatu 23yrs F’; Jimoh Bidemi 27yrs F’; Bukola Fatai 23yrs F’; Saheed Babtunde 26yrs M’; Sulaiman Onibudo    35yrs M’; Ayodele Temitope    42yrs M’; Imeh Wisdom 22yrs M’; Donald Oiagaa 27yrs M’; Samson Isaac 32yrs M’; Dare Ojo 21yrs M’; Ajibolo Segun 17yrs M’; Ibrahim Kadiri 14yrs M’; Oluwaseun Ayinde 42yrs M’; Olatunji Ibrahim 20yrs M’; Wasiu Mathew 19yrs M’; Labade Saheed 23yrs M’; Jamiu Asiwaju 24yrs M’; (Jew) Lateef Adewunmi 20yrs F’; (Ilori) Ilori Olumide 28yrs F’; Kikelomo Rabiu 23yrs F’; Rasaki Abibat 18yrs F’; Abidemi Rasaki 18yrs F’; Seun Shoremilekun 19yrs F’; Seri Sadiq F’; Karimu Adijakuburat 24yrs F’; Anike Adekoya 28yrs F’; Ogechi Joseph 18yrs F’; Bimbo Olorunda 24yrs F’;Aina Amuda 18yrs F’; Idowu Ibrahim M’; Bose Owoeye F’; Bukumi Ola F’; Abass Qudri M’; Idowu Mariam F’; Iheanyi Benjamin M’;Oladumi Kemi F’; Habibat Ishola F’; Ogar Moday M’; Adebayo Lateef M’; Idowupeola Oseni M’; Wasiu Nurudeen M’; Sunday Akinyemi 25yrs M’; Femi Ogundeji 25yrs M’; Kazeem Oseni 30yrs M’; Sonny Sodiq 24yrs M’; Rotimi Ogunyemi 19yrs M’; Ezekiel Omotosho    18yrs M’; Opeyemi Joseph 22yrs M’; Dada Falarunmi 20yrs M’; Ogini Olatunbosun    30yrs M’; Lukman Mukaila 37yrs M’; Egbedokun Ajiboye 40yrs M’; Ogunkoya Peter    25yrs M’;Abayomi Omobowale 25yrs M’; Taiwo Hamzat 25yrs M’; Olajide Sodiq 30yrs M’; Meggi Emmanuel 26yrs M’ ;Adesanya Sunday 19yrs M’; Asafa Oluwagbemiga 30yrs M’;Usman Taoreed 29yrs M’; Haffez Abudu 23yrs M’; Kalejaiye Quadri 17yrs M’; Shittabey Olalekan 17yrs M’; Victor Chibueze 28yrs M’; Adesuyi Andrew 22yrs M’; Fasawe David    26yrs M; Junior Ochor 17yrs M’;Abayomi Adeoye 45yrs M’; Chijioke Elijah 36yrs M’; Toheeb Oyerinde 17yrs M’; Olugbode Gbenga    37yrs M’; Ajijo Oluwadamilare 30yrs M’; Adio Busayo 28yrs M’; Dada Olusegun Temitope 38yrs M’; Akintola Olatunji    31yrs M’; Odemero Couple 49yrs M’; Adam Oloko 17yrs M’; Ogunyemi Sunday    20yrs M’; Hakeem Ogunmola 23yrs M’; Aligbe Gabriel 33yrs M’; Ogunkoya Oyeyemi 29yrs M’; Asiru Hassan 20yrs M’; Aina Adesola 18yrs M’; Oluwafemi Felix 25yrs M’; Jacob Olawale 23yrs M’; Owoade Micheal 22yrs M’; Lamina Olajuwon 23yrs M’; Agbaje Ridwan 26yrs M’; and Jamiu Bolaji 32yrs Male.

The CP further highlighted that other cultists arrested at Ogombo include: Aro Abisola; Chukwudi Robeth; Alex John; Gbolagade Taofik; Ahmed Semiu; Peter Okangbuah; Yusuf Mudashiru;Bidemi Odofin; Lukman Akinjobi; Temitope Matthew; Ahmed Ajao; Biodun Ajao; Yusuf Taiwo; Shayo Badejo; Omotayo Sodik; Moshood Sulaiman; and Sikiru Ibrahim.

Imohimi reiterated that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.