Alleged hitmen of Aiye and Eiye confraternities, Adeoye Daya, and Taiwo Shodeinde, were among 185 suspected cultists apprehended in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State by operatives of the Special Strike Force of the Lagos State Police Command.
The cultists were arrested following a supremacy battle by rival groups resulting in killings.
Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, said the Special Forces on Social Miscreants took the battle to the cultists’ dens at Ikorodu, Ipakodo, Igbogbo, Ibeshe, Shagamu road, Agbowa, among others, on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
The statement said, “The Strike Force has so far arrested 185 notorious cultists and recovered eight locally-made pistols and other dangerous weapons from them.
“Suspects arrested confessed to belonging to Eiye, Aiye, KK, Buccaneers, Vikings confraternities, among others.”
During the operation, 30-year-old Gbadamosi Mohammed, suspected to be among the cultists who killed one Madariola Sunday at Ibeshe in May, was among the suspects arrested.
Others arrested were Onibudo Afeez, Habeeb Isa, Felix Igwoke and Taiwo Iyanu at Femi Taiwo Street, Ikorodu.
The police said they arrested the suspects in an uncompleted building while holding their cult meeting.
Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, further said that one Adeoye Daya, 25 years old, a hit man of Aiye confraternity, was arrested at Ikorodu garage with one locally-made shotgun and rounds of live cartridges, while Shodeinde Tosin, a hit man of Eiye confraternity in Igbogbo, was also arrested with a locally-made shotgun.
Police intensified onslaught on cultists and gangsters in Lagos State two weeks ago, when Odumosu ordered the deployment of special forces from the command’s tactical units to Ikorodu and environs to tackle the menace of cultism and gang violence.
The security agency assured Lagosians that operations would be sustained in all parts of the state until criminal gangs were totally defeated.
The spokesperson said she suspects would soon be arraigned.