The head of the Eiye confraternity that allegedly led the attack on a Police patrol team stationed at Haruna Bus Stop by College Road, Ogba, Lagos State, vandalising a patrol car and killing Sergeant Collins Esiabor in the process, Malik Onebiri, has been arrested.
The suspect, who committed the crime in Lagos State was arrested in Gboko, Benue State, where he fled after the incident.
So far, 19 persons who took part in the crime have been arrested.
According to the spokesman of the Lagos State Command, Chike Oti, the arrest of Onebiri was in keeping with the vow of the Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, to smoke out the perpetrators of the crime.
Imohimi, while making the vow, has said the leader of the group, popularly known as Kobad Baron, who allegedly fired the shot that killed the officer, could only run but not hide.
In keeping with the pledge, the operatives of the command attached to Area ‘G’ Command, Ogba swung into action and have so far arrested 19 persons who took part in the crime.
Onebiri, who left the state immediately after the attack on the police team, was, through discreet investigation carried out on the matter by police detectives, arrested in his hideout in Gboko, Benue State.
Recall that the Command issued a press statement about the incident on August 29, 2018 and on September 5, 2018 paraded eight suspects linked to the arson and murder.
Oti said investigation thus far revealed that the notorious cultists attacked the police team to avenge the death of one of their members, who died while fleeing when he sighted a contingent of policemen on operational duties around Ifako Ijaiye, Ogba.
He added: “He probably thought the police team came for his arrest and took to his heels, fatally injuring himself in the process. It was also discovered that nobody reported the fate of the boy said to be a member of the Eiye confraternity until his associates in the deadly cult group attacked the police patrol team.
“The CP reiterates that the command will visit the full weight of the law on anybody or group that resorts to self help or jungle justice in matters requiring the intervention of the law.”