The police in Lagos state, on Friday, March 30, said they had arrested two suspected cultists, simply identified as Kanmi,( also known as Father) and Alami Samuel.
The spokesman of the command, SP Chike Oti, in a statement, confirmed the arrest to newsmen, stressing that they were nabbed on Thursday, March 29, while trying to attack a rival gang member at Illasamaja area of Lagos.
Oti said the first suspect was arrested based on credible intelligence report as he had been on a wanted list for long over many violent crimes, including cultism.
He said the commissioner of police, Mr Imohimi Edgar, directed the divisional police officer of Ilasamaja to bring to an end the reign of Kanmi the Father who had terrorised the community for long.
The statement read: “Based on credible intelligence available to Lagos state police command, that some cultists led by one Kanmi alias Father were planning to strike in Ilasamaja community on the 29th day of March 2018, the commissioner of Police, Lagos state, directed the divisional police officer of Ilasamaja, SP. Oriyomi Oluwasanmi Titilayo to bring to an end the reign of the blood thirsty cult henchman who had been terrorising that community for a long time now and had become worse since he came back from the prison.
“True to type, at exactly 5pm, Kanmi whose trade marks were sorrow, tears and blood arrived the community with his gang unknown to him that his rank had been infiltrated by the underground operatives of the Command.
“The DPO and team who were on standby for him and his gang, sighted Kanmi a.k.a Father at Hassan street, Ilasamaja with two of his criminal associates in a fight with a young man suspected to be a member of a rival confraternity. Kanmi had lifted his matchet to cut his rival before he was challenged by the police team.
“He immediately took to his heels and was pursued and arrested by the police. He was frisked and a locally made pistol loaded with two cartridges was recovered from him.
“Also arrested was one Alami Samuel, 22 years of age, an associate of Kanmi the Father.
The CP Lagos wishes to use this medium to warn all those who belong to these nefarious clandestine societies to renounce their membership or be arrested and dealt with according to the law.
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