Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected cultist, Ifeoluwa Dodo, for allegedly killing one Ojo Taiwo in the Bariga area of the state.
The police have also arrested one Kunle Oyediran, 24, and two others, whose names have yet-to-be ascertained, for a series of violent attacks and robberies in Bariga.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that the 19-year-old Dodo had been on the run after mobilising eight members of his cult to kill Taiwo in February, adding that five members of the gang had been arrested and charged to court for murder.
Elkana stated, “On June 26, 2019, around 8am, personnel of the Operation Crush from the Bariga Police Station arrested one Ifeoluwa Dodo, 19, a strong member of the Aiye Confraternity, at Odo-Eran Street, Bariga. The suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for the murder of one Ojo Taiwo in February, 2019, at Bariga. He escaped after leading eight other members of his cult to carry out the murder.
“Five members of his gang were initially arrested and charged to court for murder. On the same date around 5.30pm, the operatives arrested one Kunle Oyediran, 24, of Ifelodun Street, Bariga, with two other members of his gang. The arrested cult members were responsible for a series of violent attacks and robberies in Bariga. The suspects will be charged to court.”
In a related development, the personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad have also arrested two suspected members of the Aiye and Eiye confraternities, Olaiya Tosin and Kazeem Adeyanju, for allegedly planning to unleash mayhem on members of the groups in the Ketu area of the state.
Elkana said the personnel acted on a credible intelligence report that the groups were regrouping to attack each other, adding that one locally-made gun, a battle axe, one arrow and charms were recovered from the suspects.
He stated, “On June 28, 2019, around 6.30pm, operatives of the Operation Crush received credible intelligence that members of the Aiye and Eiye confraternities were regrouping to unleash mayhem on each other and unsuspecting members of the public in Ketu and its environs. SARS operatives attached to Ketu on the Operation Crush swung into action and apprehended the following cult members: Olaiya Tosin and Kazeem Adeyanju. Investigation is ongoing.’”
In another development, the personnel of the Operation Crush, acting on a tip-off, arrested two suspected cultists, 26-year-old Peter Ejovwoke and 37-year-old Azeezz Ajayi, in the Ajegunle and Apapa areas of the state.
Elkana said, “On Thursday, June 27, 2019, around 2.14pm, personnel of the Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit, acting on a tip-off, arrested one Peter Ejovwoke, 26, of Ughelli North, Delta State, on Ago Hausa Street, Ajeromi, Ajegunle. Two Baretta pistols with three rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him.
“On Friday, June 28, 2019, around 2.30pm, the operatives also arrested one Azeez Ajayi, aka Alaje, 37, of Apapa. Two Baretta pistols with four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing.”
Meanwhile, three suspects, Dare Shittu, 27; Shittu Abdusalam, 19; and Oyenuga Biola, 29, were also arrested by the personnel of the command for allegedly producing adulterated alcoholic beverages in the Apongbon area of the state.
Elkana said the personnel, while acting on credible information about an illegal production factory, located at No. 5 Chapel Street, off Apongbon, Lagos Island, raided the factory and arrested the suspects.
He stated that the adulterated brands recovered from the illegal factory included Hennessy VSOP, Hennessy XO, Moet Chandon, Jack Daniel, Remy Martins, Jonny Walker Red Label and others.
The PPRO said “On Thursday, June 20, 2019, around noon, based on information received about the illegal production of alcoholic beverages at No. 5 Chapel Street, off Apongbon, Lagos Island, a team of operatives from the State Intelligence Bureau was deployed in the area on surveillance patrol. The operations led to the arrest of three suspects namely: Dare Shittu, 27; Shittu Abdusalam, 19; and Oyenuga Biola, 29.
“Large quantities of alcoholic beverages suspected to be adulterated were recovered from them. The beverage brands include Hennessy VSOP, Hennessy XO, Moet Chandon, Jack Daniel, Remy Martins, Red Label and others.
“Also recovered from the illegal mini factory were jerry cans of substances suspected to be ethanol, cognac colouration, rubber cocks, top cocks, labels, stickers and other instruments used in the illegal business.
“The suspects confessed to the crime. The police are on the trail of one Prince Fatai Shittu, who is still at large. The suspects were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.”