In the aftermath of the raid on a hideout in Agbowa, the outskirts of Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, security operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command rescued a couple just as it demolished three shrines of suspected ritualists in the area.
The operation which was carried out on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, led to the arrest of the owner of one of the shrines in whose premises the couple was rescued.
The State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, who led pressmen to the shrines on said the demolition of the shrines was part of efforts to ensure complete clampdown on ritualists and fraudsters who establish such places for criminal purposes.
On how the hideout was discovered, CP Edgal disclosed that the Police received intelligence report of illegality at the demolished shrines. He added that they had the backing of all the traditional rulers in the district to pull down individually owned shrines.
CP Edgal said from findings, the Police discovered that most of the people who had been declared missing or fallen victim to operators of “one-chance” buses usually ended up at shrines in the axis where they are fleeced or murdered.
“We had the backing of all the traditional rulers in Ikorodu to demolish individually owned shrines that are used to perpetrate crime. Some of those shrines are used for ritual purposes. Others were established by fraudsters with the intent to commit crime.
“So, these three we have demolished were identified through police and community partnership. We received information from members of the community and we carried out our own findings too,” he said.
The Police chief continued saying: “I can tell you that as of Tuesday night, when we were still surveying the places, a husband and wife were rescued in one of the shrines. They fell victim to these criminals and they had been told they would be killed. They were very grateful when the police came to their aid.
“We have arrested an owner. I use this opportunity to appeal to the public to have confidence in the police. They should provide us with valuable information that would lead to the rounding up of all those criminals.
“I want to still assure them that under my watch, their confidentiality is guaranteed. No one would know information came from them. Just as we have gotten these ones, we will get all others and rid Lagos of such criminals.”