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Police nab suspected cultists terrorising Ejigbo, other communities


Police nab suspected cultists terrorising Ejigbo, other communities

By Felix Kuyinu

The Police have confirmed the arrest of a nine-man gang suspected to be cultists terrorising some communities in Lagos, who were found in possession of hard drugs.

Members of the gang were brought before the Magistrates’ Court, Ogudu, after the Police accused them to have been part of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity, causing unrest at their respective areas.

The paraded gang members, including: Topa Samuel (27), Victor Chimdi (24), Precious Kachi (22), Emmanuel Chijioke (21), Michael Oluwafemi, and Tobi Adebayo, 21 and 25 years respectively, were said to have caused dreaded scenes at Ejigbo, Igando and Isolo where they reside.

Others namely: Michael Adebayo (21), Christopher Agwu (23) and Michael Ogochukwu (23), were said to have teamed up with the other group members on November 14, 2018, to celebrate the birthday of the ringleader of the group at a hotel in Ejigbo.

However, their disturbing noisy felicitations affected residents in the area who put distress call across to the police who invaded the area and brought the celebration to a halt.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Lucky Ihieme, the police recovered nefarious exhibits such as hard drugs, bottles of codeine, Indian hemp, four sachets of Refnol tablets and some pictures of initiation process from some of their phones.

Ihiehie said the case was transferred from the Igando Division to Anti-Cultism Unit, State CIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, on November 15.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 42 (a), 44 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

During the court sitting, the Presiding Magistrate, E. Kubeinje, admitted the accused to a bail of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Kubeinje ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case till January 1, 2019 for mention.