Nigeria: Police in Lagos Arrest 8 Suspected Cult Members During Initiation

19 August 2019

Operatives of Operation Crush attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested eight suspected cultists during their initiation into 'One Million Boys' cult group.

The Police Command's spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a press statement on Sunday that various weapons and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

He said, "On Aug. 15 at about 7:30pm, operatives of Operation Crush from Ilemba Hausa Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Kazeem Abonde, acting on credible intelligence, arrested eight suspected members of 'One Million Boys' confraternity during their initiation.

"The suspects were arrested at No.15, Alado St., Shibiri in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State where they were being initiated into the cult by one Yusuf Abu, 20.

"Those arrested are: Sunday Gabriel, 20, Rilwan Dauda, 18, Mohammed Sikiru, 23, Oladimeji Abayomi, 18, Rasheed Alabi, 20, Habeeb Idowu, 18, Olaiya Bisola, 18, and Hazzan Hawawu, 19.

"Three sharp cutlasses, a fetish calabash with dangerous substances suspected to be ' Juju' and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them", he said.

Also, the police have arrested a traffic-robbery suspect, Taofeek Oladiran, at Mushin and recovered firearms from him.

Elkana said the suspect was arrested by a police patrol team attached to the Mushin Police Division.

"On Aug. 16 at about 10:22pm, the anti-crime patrol team from Mushin Police Station led by Insp. Dada Akawu intercepted one Honda motorcycle with registration number AKM 300 VJ, red in colour along Ogunmokun Street in Mushin.

"The motorcycle was conveying four persons reasonably suspected to be members of a gang of armed robbers terrorising Mushin and its environ.


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