The police in Lagos on Sunday said it had arrested Maliki Bello, the supreme leader of the notorious Berry Boys Secret Cult, with operational base in Itire area of the state.
The Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement that the 22-year-old Bello is a native of Lalopun in Kwara State.
Elkana said Bello, who resides at 23, Ayinla Street, Idiaraba, Lagos, had been on the police wanted list for violent crimes and gang clashes.
He said: “The suspect confessed to be responsible for series of violent attacks, murders and armed robbery incidents recorded in Idiaraba, Lawanson, Dosunmu, Ashimowo Bakare, Omo-Bola Mushin and Itire.
“The suspect told detectives that he was initiated into the cult at age 12 when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS 1) and later rose to the number one position.”
Elkana said Bello had an official Facebook account with 1,928 friends, which they use, and other social media accounts to recruit new members.
He said: “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has further reaffirmed the commitment of the command to address the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in the state.
“The onslaught on social miscreants launched by the Commissioner of Police is intelligence driven, targeting mostly leaders of gangs and cult groups and blocking the channels through which they recruit young people.
“The Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants has successfully brought under control the activities of various cults and gangs in the state.”
Elkana added that the feat was achieved through well-coordinated and targeted operations, stressing that the onslaught would be sustained until the miscreants were totally defeated.