by Damilola Agekameh
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Maliki Bello, said to be the leader of Berry Boys’ Secret Cult alongside 11 other suspects who have terrorized residents of Idi Araba community, Mushin, Lagos Mainland, for sometime now.
Commenting on the arrest, the spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, said that the 22-year-old suspect is a native of Lalopun in Kwara State. He stated that Mr Bello, who resides at 23, Ayinla Street, Idiaraba, Lagos, had been on the Police wanted list for violent crimes and gang clashes.
“The suspect confessed to be responsible for series of violent attacks, murders and armed robbery incidents recorded in Idiaraba, Lawanson, Dosunmu, Ashimowo Bakare, Omo-Bola Mushin and Itire,” he said.
He added that; “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has further reaffirmed the commitment of the command to address the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in the state.
“The onslaught on social miscreants launched by the Commissioner of Police is intelligence driven, targeting mostly leaders of gangs and cult groups and blocking the channels through which they recruit young people.
“The Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants has successfully brought under control the activities of various cults and gangs in the state.” he said.
During interrogation, the suspect revealed that he was initiated into cultism at the age of 12 when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS1). He later rose to the number one position, mostly addressed as the supreme leader of the berry boys’ confraternity.
The Police stated that the gang has an official Facebook page (Bbl Baloteli) with 1,928 friends.
According to Maliki, they use the Facebook page and other social media accounts to recruit new members, plan attacks and give updates to members.