The arrested cultists, believed to belong to the “Eiye and Aiye’’ confraternities, were arrested for their alleged involvement in series of violent attacks in the area.
DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos State Police Command, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Elkana said some gangsters suspected to be members of Eiye and Aiye confraternities, had earlier engaged themselves in a battle of supremacy with dangerous weapons at Demurin area, Alapere.
“The team, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Alapere arrested two key leaders of the gangs namely, Olawale Toheeb, 22, and Joseph Obinna, 25,” he said.
The DSP said that investigation was extended to the gangs’ hideout at Mack Brown Hotel, Church Street, Alapere where four additional suspects were also apprehended’.
According to Elkana, the suspects were Obasi Ekene, 21, Promise Onoja, 18, Ogoekeweri Omokosi, 24 and Saviour Edet, 23.
“The suspects confessed to belonging to Eiye and Aiye confraternities respectively and are responsible for series of violent attacks recorded in Alapere and its environ.
“A large quantity of weed suspected to be Indian Hemp, short axes and cutlasses were recovered from their hideouts.
“Investigation has been concluded and the suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana said.
Also, a team of policemen from the Langbasa Police Station arrested a suspected armed robber, Ayobami Adegbite, 23, allegedly responsible for attacking passersby at Kekere bus stop, Adoh Ajah and UTC area of Lagos.
Elkana said Adegbite, the gang leader alongside his members, had used dangerous guns and cutlasses to dispossess unsuspecting victims of their valuables.
“Earlier, Langbasa Police Station received a distress call that some miscreants were attacking passersby at Kekere Bus stop with dangerous weapons.
“On sighting the police, the hoodlums opened fire but were over powered by our team.
“Adegbite, who led the gang was arrested with one short gun, one digital camera and N16,000 they took from a victim.
“The suspect confessed to the crime and has given some useful information concerning the operations of his gang,’’ he said.
The PPRO, however, explained that the Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Ikeja had taken over the investigation and were on the trail of the fleeing members of the gang.
hief judge sets 27 awaiting trial inmates free in Bauchi
Justice Rabi Umar was the head of the State Administration of Justice Committee constituted by the Kauran Bauchi led administration to undertake a routine quarterly visit to Correctional Service centres.
The committee was to review cases of awaiting trial inmates who have spent three or more years in prison without a trial, in a bid to decongest such centres.
The committee which comprised of representatives of the State Custodial Centre, Directorate of State Services and the Nigerian Bar Association, had during its first-quarter sitting, released 29 awaiting trial inmates across the correctional centres of the state.
Releasing twenty-one out of the 27 awaiting trial inmates at the Bauchi custodial centre, the chief judge urged them to be of good conduct and exemplary behaviour in society, having regained their freedom.
She warned that she would not be lenient with anyone among the released who commits any crime and returns to the centres,
Justice Rabi Umar also asked the freed to seek forgiveness their respective family members for committing atrocities and urged younger ones among them to seek knowledge from schools or any other learning centre with a view to becoming useful members of the society.
“See the regaining of your freedom as an act of God, not because of any influence or your position in the society before, you should also not brag-up for the freedom you regain, as doing so will be disobedience or ungrateful to God”.
The Chief Judge said that the exercise is continuous as the law has given her the power to look into where people are unnecessarily remanded without trial.
One of the freed, Inuwa Hamza Wanzam, on behalf of others, thanked God and the committee for the gesture and said that their release will be an end to the correctional service walls.
In Katagum emirate where there are two centres, Zaki and Azare, the committee took-off time to visit the Katagum palace where the emir, Umar Farouk Umar assured of his council’s support and cooperation to enable the commit succeed in its assigned responsibility.
The Emir described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, where he or she still has the confidence but expressed dissatisfaction on some unnecessary detention in collaboration with some judges, saying people should be given their rights.
He warned those judges who unnecessarily detain citizens that the prayers of such detainees are easily accepted by God, saying ‘People are being detained unnecessarily on common issues”.
Other six awaiting trial inmates released include four in Azare and one each in Misau and Jama’are correctional centres, thus bringing the number of inmates who regained their freedom to twenty-seven (27).
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