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Cultism: police arrest 4 teenagers in Lagos

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By Moses Omorogieva

Police arrested four teenagers, including three high school students, in Lagos for allegedly trying to attack a rival group at a high school.

Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest in a statement on Saturday.

Adejobi said police officers, attached to the Alakuko division in Lagos command, arrested the suspects on Friday.

He said the alleged cultists came from Ogun for retaliatory attacks against other members of rival sects at junior high school, Akinyele, Alakuko in Lagos.

According to him, the suspects are between 14 and 18 years old.

He said two of the suspects were from Odewale Community High School, Ijoko Ogun, one from Tunik International School, Dalemo Alakuko, Lagos and an apprentice tailor in Dalemo Alakuko.

“Police officers had heard of the planned retaliatory attacks against their rivals in the school and rushed to the scene as soon as the suspects arrived to cause a pandemonium and attack their targets.

“Items like cutlasses, weeds suspected of being cannabis, and assorted charms were recovered from them,” he said.

In another development, agents from the D9 (anti-theft) section of the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department on Saturday arrested three suspected 19-year-old thieves / cultists.

The police spokesperson said that based on information provided by members of the public, police officers arrested the suspect at Marble Guest House, No.33 Ajibike Street, Ogudu, Ojota, around 3 h 25.

Adejobi said a Beretta pistol, weeds suspected of being cannabis and matching charms were also recovered.

He said Lagos State Police Commissioner CP Hakeem Odumosu ordered that the suspected cultists be transferred to the command’s special squad, Ikeja, for a proper investigation.

Odumosu also ordered that suspected armed robbers be properly investigated and profiled by the anti-theft section of the state CID. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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