Monday, 25 March 2019

Police arrest 77 for killing, cult clashes in Ajah

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 77 persons said to have been involved in cult clashes and the killing of a person on Chief Lasisi Baale Close, Oke Ira, in the Ajah area of Lagos.

It was learnt that 16 suspects were picked up on Thursday following the clash between the Aiye and Eiye confraternities during which scores were injured.

On Friday, the Divisional Police Officer, Lamgbasa Police Station, Adaobi Okafor, was said to have led police personnel to raid the area, which led to the arrest of 59 suspected hoodlums.

It was also gathered that two suspects were arrested on Saturday and detained at the Lamgbasa Police Station.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the development on Sunday, stated that the hoodlums were arrested with knives, cutlasses and guns.

According to him, the police trailed the source of the clashes to Ikorodu, from where some of the cultists had travelled on water to Ajah to cause the mayhem.

Elkana stated, “That particular group usually comes from Ikorodu through Ijede to operate in Ajah. On Thursday, 16 suspects were arrested. The personnel of the Lamgbasa Police Station also carried out an intensive raid in conjunction with neighbouring DPOs; they trailed the source where the hoodlums were coming from and arrested 59 of them on Friday.

“On Saturday, two more suspects were arrested. They were arrested with various weapons like guns, knives, cutlasses and more.”

Meanwhile, residents of Chief Lasisi Baale Close in the Oke Ira area of Ajah are living in fear over frequent cult clashes over control of the area by the Aiye and Eiye confraternities.

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