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12-year-old boy accused of being cultists spy in Lagos.


Officers of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command on Monday April 13th, rescued a 12-year-old boy from being mobbed after he was falsely accused of being a spy to suspected cultists attacking residents of Lagos and Ogun border communities.

According to a post by the Rapid Response Squad, some residents of Iju in Lagos state, accosted the teenager who was loitering in the area and accused him of working as a spy for members of the Awawa boys cult group alleged to have carried out various attacks in the area since the lockown began.


RRS said before they could lynch the boy, a patrol team got to the scene and rescued the teenager from their grip. He was interrogated and he explained that he was on the street because he fled his home after a disagreement with his mother.

“Our officers on patrol along Iju came across this 12yr old boy who residents suspected to be a spy for the Awawa boys. They interviewed him n realised he ran away from home after a misunderstanding with his mom.

“His dad has been contacted and he has been handed over to Iju Police Station. Our patrol continues.”, the RRS post read.


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[Nigeria] 92 suspected cultists arrested in Lagos.


Lagos Police have arrested no fewer than 92 suspected cultists in different parts of the state.

The arrest came as residents in parts of the state rallied to stem robbery attacks in their communities during the lockdown.


They keep vigil at night, make bonfires and engage the services of hunters to ward off the hoodlums.

On Sunday, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two men after a foiled robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos.

The suspects Toheeb Sanusi, 21, and Adewale Adeshina, 24 , were arrested with a locally-made revolver pistol and cutlass.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana said the Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu has given commanders of tactical units in the state a clear instruction to deal decisively with armed hoodlums in any part of the state during the lockdown.


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[Nigeria] 150 suspected cultists in Ogun arrested over Ifo/Ota crisis.


The police in Ogun have arrested no fewer than 150 suspects following supremacy clashes between rival cult groups in Ifo and Sango- Ota axis of the state.

The Ogun Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, stated this on Sunday at the Ifo Divisional Police Station where he paraded the suspects. NobleReporters reports that the high point of the crisis occurred on April 4, as many residents fled for their lives and others lost possessions in the mayhem.

Ebrimson, however, refuted claims that armed robbers hijacked the crisis, adding that “there was no report or complaint of robbery made to the command by anyone from the troubled areas”

The CP described the incident as “a case of cult clashes among seven rival groups within the areas as a result of recent death of one of the members” .

He explained that the command swung into action immediately it received the information and had since effected arrests in connection with the incident.

“We deployed our men from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Cultism unit, Anti-Kidnapping unit, the Special Forces and conventional policemen drawn from the Ifo and Ota area commands.

“Our men smoked the suspected criminals out of their hideouts and recovered various weapons.

“We recovered eight locally made guns, 52 live cartridges, eight knives, 12 handsets, two scissors, large quantity of weeds and several cutlasses,” he said.

“It all started on April 4 as a reprisal attack on other rival cult groups from a cult group which had earlier lost a member.

“I want to say that there was no single case of armed robbery or any case of kidnapping that has been reported to us.

“The basic issue is cultism that emanated from the killing of one of them in Ifo and spread to Sango, Ijoko and Agbado areas,” he said.


We will deal ruthlessly with arrested culprits – Dapo Abiodun


Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Sunday vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals terrorizing the people of the state.The governor said this in a statement issued in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin.

NobleReporters reports that the state police command had earlier on Sunday paraded 150 suspects in connection with recent series of harassments, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occured within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the state.

The governor said: “It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment.

Abiodun urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of criminals, asking them to smoke them out of their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the activities across the state.

He said the state would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the state.

“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with it with venomous measures,” he said.

The governor commended the state police command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the state government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.

He enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there was no reoccurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the state continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

He restated governments commitment to ensuring that the state remained conducive for living and businesses without fear of criminals and other unscrupulous elements.

Abiodun assured the people that he would not joke with the security of lives and property of citizens and residents alike.

The governor added that he would continue to give all necessary support to security agencies, as he had done by providing mobility and other working equipment for effective service delivery.

The governor enjoined all law-abiding citizens and residents to remain calm and continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive as the situation is now fully under control.


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