Following InsideMainland’s exclusive look into the spate of cult related killings and the atrocities caused by the gang in Ikorodu community, the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command have reacted to the investigation.
The Ikorodu community, formerly known for its serenity is now ‘unofficially’ the headquarters of cultism in Lagos if not Nigeria. This is as a result of the over 200 cultism-inspired attacks that was recorded in the area in 2016 alone.
Areas such as Igbogbo, Odogunyan, Ladega, Itun Nla, Anibaba, and Benson; is fast growing into the hotbed of cultism in Ikorodu axis. This is owing to the number of attacks by the rival gangs in these areas in the last few months.
Commenting on the efforts of the Police to ensure security of lives and properties in the community, the Commandant of the RRS, ACP Disu Olatunji disclosed that the “Police and the RRS are doing everything possible to make Lagos safe for everyone of us. We have our officers stationed across parts of Ikorodu and the crimes prone areas for them to easily nip crime in the bud.”
ACP Olatunji continued that “when we get reports of the cult activities and how they strike, we immediately deploy of officers to scene to tackle the issues head-on. There is also a Decoy Team in place that goes around these communities to gather intelligence reports which we act on.”
“We must also acknowledge the gallant efforts of the vigilante group, Onyabo, in Ikorodu for the brave actions and how they work alongside the RRS to curb crime in the community,” he added.
The cult war in the community is a fight for territorial supremacy between two deadly rival confraternities known as the Eiye and Aiye cult groups. In the course of the gang warfare, the cultists have also latched on the mayhem they created to wreaked havoc on businesses and residents in the community. These two gangs were responsible for 22 attacks in October 2016 alone with the attacks leading to nine deaths.
The RRS commandant however urged residents to be alert to happenings in their environment and to immediately report any suspicious ones to the appropriate agencies.