Suspected Aiye cult leader, 8 members arrested in Ikorodu

Lagos Police Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants has arrested a suspected Aiye Confraternity leader, Sikiru Samuel, 24, a.k.a Samora, and eight members of the gang in Ikorodu.

Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that one double barrel gun was recovered from the suspects.

Mr Elkana also said the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, had deployed more officers “to sustain the ongoing onslaught on cultists and other social miscreants in Ikorodu, Imota, Agbowa, Owutu, Ijede, Ipakodo and Owode Onirin.”

Other suspected members of the gang arrested are Adegboyega Ismaila, 19; Sunkanmi Shonubi a.k.a Napel, 19; Adigun Faruq, 18; Rilwan Akinwale, 30; Victor Uju a.k.a Zino, 18; Juwon Idowu a.k.a Lighter, 18; Rasak Adebola a.k.a Bobo, 20; and Kehinde Keshinro, 18.

Elkana alleged that the gang was responsible for series of violent attacks and gang violence in Imota and environs.

“One of such violent attacks happened on 12/02/2020 at about 0830hours which led to the death of one David Nwanga ‘m’ 30 years old of Araro Adamo area,” he said.

The suspects were handed over to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Yaba for discreet investigation.

The spokesman said the suspects would be charged to court.

Also, Elkana said that on Friday night a team of police officers from Oke Odo Police Station on patrol along Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway intercepted some hoodlums at Katangowa refuse dump smoking dry weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

On sighting the police, Elkana said the suspects took to their heels.

Following a hot chase, five suspects were arrested with one double barrel short gun and three live cartridges.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted.

In addition, the spokesman said that on February 8, police officers from Oke Odo Police Station acting on credible intelligence arrested a notorious car snatching suspect, Yusuf Akinradewo.

The 33-year-old allegedly took a Mitsubishi Montero Jeep with registration number GGE 620 AQ to a man named Wasiu Ogunsola of Omolojuwo Street, Dalemo, Sango-ota, Ogun for purchase.

Elkana said that when the buyer demanded for the original papers of the vehicle, the suspect abandoned the vehicle and ran away.

He said police detectives eventually arrested the suspect and recovered another vehicle from him, a Toyota Camry saloon car with registration number AGL 480 EC, belonging to a man named Nurudeen Rasaki of Isiaka Adekoya Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu.

The police spokesman said the owners of the vehicles have been contacted.

He added that the suspect would be charged to court, while the two recovered vehicles would be handed over to the owners on bond.