Three suspected members of a cult that allegedly killed an official of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Monsuru Bolaji, on Wednesday in Aguda, Surulere area of the state were on Monday paraded in Lagos.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, paraded the suspects on Monday.
The suspects are Muyideen Bello, Wasiu Adio and Nurudeen Odofin.
Imohimi said they had confessed to participating in the murder of the father of two, noting that an axe and a knife with bloodstains reportedly recovered from them had been sent to a forensic unit for analysis.
He said: “It is interesting to note that one of the suspects, Wasiu Adio, aka Trouble, further confessed that he was a senior member of Eiye Confraternity and that he and members of his group killed one Timothy in Aguda, Surulere, sometime in October 2017.
“Investigation into the case is in progress and further findings will be made public.
“The suspects will surely have their day in court at the end of investigations.”
But the suspects denied involvement in cult activities and in the murder of the LNSC official.
Bello claimed that Bolaji was his friend and that he took him to a hospital for treatment after he was attacked on that day.
He said: “After he died, I took him to the Aguda Police Station from the hospital.
“He (Bolaji) was my childhood friend.
“We went to the same primary school.”
Odofin, 39, said he was the chairman of commercial motorcycle riders in Aguda, while Bolaji was the secretary, aside from being a security official.
He stated that some cult members had been on their trail since December 2017 for allegedly giving the police information about cult activities in the area.
He said: “After I observed Ishai (Islamic 8pm prayers) that day, I was relaxing in front of my house when I heard gunshots.
“A boy came to tell me that some cult members were running after somebody on the street.
“After about 15 minutes, I heard that somebody had been killed.
“I ran to the scene and discovered that Monsuru (Bolaji) was the victim.
“It was Gafar, Adura and their gang members who killed him.
“In October 2017, they also killed one boy called Timothy.
“That was when the problem started because the boy’s father was related to me.
“They started chasing Monsuru and me.
“We reported at the Aguda Police Station and the LNSC office.
“They said anytime we saw those boys we should report them.
“We didn’t see them until that evening when Monsuru was killed.”
Adio said he was a family friend of the deceased, adding that he was at home when some LNSC officials arrested him for Bolaji’s death.