The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command over the weekend arrested 59 suspected social miscreants during a raid on criminals’ hideouts and black spots in the state.
The raid was part of the routine exercise of the RRS on suspected black spots in the State to check criminal activities as well as restore orderliness in crime and violence prone areas.
A statement by the RRS said “The suspected criminals were picked up between the hours 2400 hrs and 0200 hrs in Oshodi, Ojota, Oregun, Mile 12, LASU/Iyana-Iba junction and Mile-2 after repeated surveillance of those areas by the RRS Intelligence Teams.
It was learnt that some of the raided points were places where members of the public volunteered information as crime spots and have been confirmed to be black spots by the Police, who monitored the areas days before the raiding.
Out of 59 suspects picked up from various parts of the metropolis from the raiding, 46 were released to their relatives after thorough screening by the RRS investigators.
13 suspects, who investigators confirmed were drug addicts, pickpockets and with questionable sources of livelihood have been sent to the State Environmental Taskforce for prosecution.
In another development, the outfit is currently questioning two suspected cultists, who were arrested along with 12 other suspects raided in Oregun.
The suspected cultists; David Seun (17) and Ahmed Sulaiman (17) have confessed to be members of a 12-man cultist gang terrorizing Oregun and Olusosun.
David, a tailor, claimed he was forced to join the cult gang by his friend, Sadiq.
“He invited me out and I was initiated in Oregun High School, Oregun. He added, “Kehinde is the leader of the cult group “Eiye”. He lives in Ikorodu but I don’t know his house”, David said
He explained further: “He comes to our meetings occasionally. It has been long since I saw him. The group took all I had on me the day I was initiated. They took my money, N6,000, my phone, wristwatch and my shoes. We meet at Ita Egbe in Oregun. Other members of the Eiye cult group in Oregun, are: Ayo, Eyo, Bobo Olusosun, Last Born, Don Banny, Elewedu, Two Yansh, Pepper, Little 9 and Akube. We meet at 7:00 p.m.”.
On his part, Ahmed Sulaiman, an orphan, who was on apprenticeship under David, said he was forced to join the group by his boss, David.
Meanwhile, police are on the trail of other members of the cult gang, the suspects disclosed exist in Oregun and its environs.
Confirming the arrest, the State Police Public Relation Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Damasus Ozoani, noted that the Police will leave no-stone-unturned to sanitize Lagos from the menace of social miscreants.
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