allegedly belonging to Aiye cult group who specializes in causing terror in Mushin community, Lagos Mainland.
According to reports, three suspects out of the six arrested by the Command allegedly confessed to belonging to the cult group and also disturbing peace in the community.
However, three others who sworn that they were innocent and erroneously arrested and paraded, saidthey had nothing to do with cult groups neither do they engage in public disturbances, Daily Independent reports.
The suspects; Quam Owolabi, Michael Esho, Adegbola Idris, Muftau Abogunde, Rasaki Shittu, and Oluwasina Lawal, were arrested and paraded on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Edgal Imohimi.
The CP alleged that they were arrested on a case that borders on unlawful possession of dangerous weapons and belonging to unlawful secret society (cultism), saying that on the 23rd of March, 2018, information was received that some hoodlums suspected to be cultists were disturbing the peace of the Railway line, Odi-Olowo area of Mushin, Lagos.
“Based on the above information, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives in conjunction with the command’s undercover operatives swung into action,” the Police boss said.
According to him, some of the items recovered from the suspects include four axes, five cutlasses, three jack knives, two daggers and assorted charms, adding that the case was still under investigation.
He also disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
However, while Esho, Shittu and Lawal denied involvement in cultism and violent acts in the area, Kwam, Abogunde and Idris admitted they were cult members, but denied taking part in public disturbances.
“My name is Michael Esho, I do not know why police arrested me. The police just came to our residence and picked us. I was arrested at Fadeyi. I am not a cultist. I live at 6, Eleko Street, Fadeyi, I did not take part in any public disturbance,” the suspect said during his parade.