Eighteen members of two rival cult groups whose constant violence in Ogudu and Ojota areas resulted in the killing of eight people, have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command.
The suspects, comprising 12 members of Aiye Confraternity and six members of Eiye Confraternity, were picked up by the Decoy Team of the RRS in their hideouts in parts of Lagos and Akwa Ibom States.
They were paraded by Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday.
The gangs, whose violent activities dated back to January 2019, when an Aiye cult leader, Solomon Cosmos, popular known as Solomon Terror, the elder brother of Ikenna Cosmos, was violently killed by some Eiye gang members in Ogudu, Ojota in the presence of his son.
Ikenna Cosmos had in commemorating the killing of his brother on January 9, 2020 concluded arrangements to unleash violence on the perceived killers of his brother, but the Ogudu Division of the State Command, thwarted the ploy after it got wind of the planned violence.
But in a new twist, the gangs commenced another violence in January, which claimed the lives of the following seven people: Sule, aka Minister; Pamilerin and his friend, Olaolu Abiodun; Daniel; Babatunde Adebayo; and Dauda Akinode all in the month of January 2020.
Odumosu had in bringing the constant violence to an end directed the Decoy Team of the RRS arrest all the suspects.
Arrested by the police were 12 Aiye members: Ikenna Cosmos (25); Olamilekan Saheed (22); Olaide Ogungbile, aka Street Boy (18); Yekini Abiodun, aka Shaba (24); David Atanda, aka Osiki (27); John Abodunde, aka Badoo (25); Fasola Opeyemi (20); Adeniyi Aladegbami (36); Kolawole Ayotunde, aka AY (31); Korede Joyi, aka Dasilva (21); Omobolaji Ogunniyi, aka BJ (23); and Obu Onyekachukwu (34).
Also arrested were six Eiye members and one Bucaneer member.
They are Alade Samuel (23), Ahmed Saka (24), Nurudeen Babatunde (24), Odumade Damilola (23), Rafiu Olamilekan (22), Rilwan Onibudo (19) and Bamidele Suleiman (25) of Bucaneer confraternity.
Some of the suspects were with bullet wounds on their bodies.
Parading the suspects, Odumosu reiterated the preparedness of the Command to nip in the bud violence of all kinds in the state, particularly that from cult groups.