The Lagos State Police have arrested the leader of a notorious cult group in the Ikorodu area of the state along with 20 others.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday. According to him, the arrest was made after the Force received a distress call that some cultists from two rival groups engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu Palace and Solomade area of Ikorodu.
Subsequently, the Command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams were promptly deployed to the scene where the leader of the gang, Yusuf Omidele, popularly known as General, who according to them had been on the wanted list, was arrested. He was arrested alongside 20 other suspects, while four locally made pistols, eight machetes and three daggers were recovered.
According to the Police, General had been charged to court on several occasions and sentenced to prison. He completed his last sentence in 2014 and has become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity, the statement said.
He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confratanity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago. The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies. Elkana, however, noted that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu (mni), later on met with traditional rulers, religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents, youths and other stakeholders in the area. The meeting according to the police, was aimed at discussing lasting solutions to the cultism and other criminal activities by the youths, as the menace has been on the rise especially in the area.