A suspected notorious cult leader, Qudus Balogun, was arrested on Wednesday by the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) at Ita-Opo area of Epe, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspected cultist, popularly known as “Ewe”, has been handed over to the police in Epe to the relief of residents of the area.
NAN gathered that the suspected cultist, who was a member of Eiye Confraternity, had been linked to numerous gruesome killings in Epe and environs recently.
“These dastardly acts committed by the dare devil cultist are no doubt punishable under the recently enacted law which prohibits cultism in Lagos state,” said Tunde Dada, an Epe resident.
It was learnt that some of his associates have started rallying round to secure his release from police custody and back into the community.
“Sadly, this has been a major hiccup with security agencies as influential family members pervert the course of justice in curbing killings and other criminalities in the community.
“Perpetrators of these acts usually have sponsors who easily get them released after committing these heinous crimes.
“I can authoritatively inform you that some of his family members and associates are currently making moves to release him from police custody,” said another resident, Tolu Abodunrin.
Ayodele Jaiyeola, a trader in Epe, called on Lagos State Government and Nigeria Police to take drastic steps that would put a permanent end to serial killings by cultists in the community.
“We don’t sleep with our two eyes closed due to the unfortunate activities of cultists killing themselves in the community.
“Sporadic shootings in the air and killing of innocent souls are the order of the day; this ugly incident must be put to rest in this ancient community,” she said.
CSP Barnabas Okosodo, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) confirmed the arrest of the suspected cultist.
He said that investigation was ongoing on the activities of the suspect.