Policemen attached to the ‘Operation Crush’ have arrested 26 suspected cultists terrorising Bariga and Oworonshoki communities of Lagos Mainland following a public outcry of the nefarious activities of the various cult groups.
It was gathered that following the violent clash between members of two rival cult groups in Bariga and Oworonshoki areas on 21st July 2019, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, ordered the immediate deployment of operatives of ‘Operation Crush’ to the two communities to restore peace in the areas.
It was learnt that the Police boss gave a mandate to the officers to identify, isolate and apprehend the leaders and members of the gangs and cult groups disturbing the peace of the area.
The operation paid off; the suspects were raided, arrested and are now in Police custody.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, who also revealed that assorted weapons were recovered from the suspects as exhibits and kept at the Command.
DSP Elkana said that the success was achieved based on credible intelligence; the 26 suspects were arrested within 5days and assorted weapons were recovered from them in different areas. He said that the suspects will all be charged to Court to face the full weight of the law.
The spokesman expressed the determination of the Police Command to curtail the activities of cultists and said that the onslaught was ongoing until they are totally defeated.