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Police arrest suspects that snatched AK-47 rifle from officers



The Lagos State Police Command has arrested suspected cultists who were allegedly responsible for a series of killings in the state.

They also arrested some suspects who snatched an AK 47 rifle from a police officer.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fayoade Adegoke, while parading over a score of suspected criminals at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Wednesday, disclosed that the command also recovered several ammunition from the culprits.

The police arrested Toheeb Oyekunle, Victor Jimoh, Samuel Okanlawon, Segun Babatunde, Pelumi Ajuloye, Mohammed Ibrahim, and Bello Ahmed in connection with the invasion that took place at Iju Ishaga area of the state where the suspects snatched an AK47 rifle from a police officer.

The suspects confessed to the crime and other criminal activities within Lagos, one cut-to-size AK47 was recovered from them.

The Commissioner of Police CP, Fayoade Adegoke, also stated that on January 3, 2024, around 10:30 pm, wanted notorious and deadly cultists who were involved in a series of cult-related killings in Ijora Badia were traced to their hideout in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos where the duo of Christian Obadiah and Opeyemi Khadiri were arrested.

The command paraded 34 suspects for various crimes ranging from cultism, murder, armed robbery to unlawful possession of firearms.

Some of the items recovered included a toy pistol, 72 live cartridges, 75 live ammunition, one expended cartridge, one pistol magazine, six axes, four daggers, five cutlasses, two vehicles, one Point of Sale machine, fake vehicle registration plates, and various charms.

The Lagos State CP, stated that on January 11, 2024, around 9:30 am, members of the command apprehended a 25-year-old man, Idowu Yunusa, after he was observed allegedly attacking and attempting to rob a bystander in Igando.

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CP, noted that some of the suspects include Damilola Ontinride, Rilwan Adejumo, Oluwadade Oluwasegun, Babatunde Raheed, Toheeb Oyekunle, Victor Jimoh, Samuel Okanlawon, Segun Babatunde, Okeowo Tosin, Mohammed Ibrahim, Balogun Tola, Tunde Oladipupo, Rasa Ridwan, Abimbola Aro, and Lukmon Ojo, amongst others.

He also mentioned that on December 28, 2023, detectives arrested Lukman Alabi in connection with the diversion of 600 bags of rice.

The suspects confessed to the crime, and some bags of rice were recovered and released to the owner.

Adegoke added that 1,050 motorcycles were impounded on restricted routes during an assessment period, and in the Golden Estate Abisoye neighbourhood, two members of a gang of youngsters who appeared to be confraternity members were arrested as they intended to exact revenge on members of a rival cult for the death of their leader.

The CP noted that all suspects are to be charged to court after investigation.

This is the first parade of suspects that the Lagos police have done since Adegoke assumed office as the CP.

The new CP on Wednesday reiterated that under his watch, he would continue to do everything operationally possible to ensure that crime and criminality are brought to the barest minimum in the state.

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