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Steer Clear! Lagos police boss warns cult groups and gangs

Police are battle ready to uproot every cultist den and hideout in Lagos until they are totally defeated.


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Lagos Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, during a parade of suspects

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has sent a warning to members of violent gangs and cult groups to either renounce their membership or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.

The CP met with the media on Wednesday, January 8 at the Force Headquarters in Ikeja where he shared updates on police activities in the state since November 2019.

Cultism and youth gangsterism are obviously major security problems that the police have focused their resources on, going by the CP’s declarations.

“We have observed the activities of those cult groups and gangs for the last two months and have gathered credible intelligence about them.

“The various cult groups and gangs identified within the state include Aiye and Eiye confraternities, One million boys at Ajengule, Fadeyi boys at Fadeyi area, Akala boys at Mushin area, Nokia group at Surulere area, Shitta boys at Bariga, Oworonshoki, Shomolu and Palm grove areas, Awawa boys at Dopemu, Agege, Ogba and Iyana Ipaja, Ijesha boys and Aguda boys at Surulere. 

“We have reviewed our strategies and have initiated a far-reaching approach to totally eradicate this menace. I have launched a Special Strike Force on social miscreants to effectively combat those miscreants who have chosen the wrong path of life. 

“We are taking the fight to their doorsteps; we are all out for them. We will fish them out, isolate them and bring them to justice. We are battle ready to uproot every cultist den and hideout until they are totally defeated,” he said.

He called on all residents of the state to join the fight in ensuring that Lagos communities are cleansed and the few criminal elements threatening their social and economic well-being are subdued.

“And to parents and guardians of those youths, my message is simple, monitor the activities and movements of your children and wards and make sure that their mission on the public space is legitimate otherwise, they should steer clear.

“My mission as Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command is to provide a safe and secured State that will guarantee the socio-economic well-being of the people and enhance their quality of life.

“This will be achieved through evolving more courageous, dedicated, humane and professional police officers in the State,” he warned.

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