Police swoop on cultists, arrest leader, others
- The police in Lagos have arrested over 75 members of Omeiji cult group
- Their leader, Franklin was also arrested
- Police said the raid was to make sure that criminal elements were not allowed the opportunity to plan and execute their nefarious activities, especially in the ember months
Over 75 members of Omeiji cult, including their leader, have been arrested by the Lagos state police task force.
The cultists are alleged to be terrorising people in Ipaja and Oshodi areas of the state.
The alleged cult leader, Franklin, has been on the wanted list of the police for crimes ranging from robbery to bag snatching and dealing on Indian hemp.
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The chairman of the task force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the commissioner of police (CP), Edgal Imohimi, directed him and divisional police officers (DPOs) to raid all criminal hideouts/black-spots across the state.
“We have arrested the most wanted Indian hemp dealer, who coincidentally is the leader of Omeiji boys cult group, Franklin.
“He has been on the wanted list of the police. The Saturday raid of the criminal hideouts paid off as Franklin and his second in command were picked up with bags of Indian hemp.
“Franklin has confessed that he was the owner of the weed and that he used to supply the evil weed to his customers at Mushin, Ojuelegba, Fadeyi and Idi-Oro among other places,’’ he said.
He said that following the directive of the CP, the task force raided some criminal hideouts where Franklin and 75 others were arrested.
He said the raid was to make sure that criminal elements were not allowed the opportunity to plan and execute their nefarious activities, especially in the ember months.
He said the raid was a continuous exercise and listed other areas to be raided to include Egbe-Idimu, Iyana-Ipaja (Abule-Oki & Car-wash), Ikotun, Mushin, Bariga, Apapa, Orile-Agege, Ajegunle, Ikorodu, Lagos-Island, Oshodi, Pen-cinema, Berger, Oyingbo, Mile 2, Fadeyi and Ojuelegba.
Egbeyemi said aside robbery and gangsterism, the hoodlums also destroyed government property.
He added that government would not fold its arm and watch criminals destroy huge investment and infrastructural development across the state.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that after four days in the hands of kidnappers, Emmanuel Adeniyi, an assistant commissioner of police, has been rescued by security operatives.
Adeniyi, the officer-in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) in Zamfara, was kidnapped along Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Road, Kaduna state and security operatives promised to ensure his freedom.
Watch this video of an alleged ritualists' den discovered in Lagos recently: