By Chiemelie Ezeobi
The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday arrested one Nurudeen Kazeem, for not just shooting members of a rival gang, but also a police officer attached to the police squad.
The cop who was deployed to the RRS squad patrolling the LASU– Igando area, was shot by Kazeem after he was prevented from dispossessing a delivery man of some expensive phones.
Kazeem who confessed to have honed his shooting skills as a cultist, also admitted to shooting the officer twice on the leg to avoid arrest.
He said: “I have killed two people in the past. One of such times was to complement my initiation into Eiye Confraternity.
“I was led to a beer parlour in LASU-Iyana Iba axis, where I was showed a man to kill. I shot the guy there and I escaped.
“I killed another guy after shooting at him, I also macheted the victim who was a member of an “Aiye” confraternity in LASU/Iyana Iba area.
“I and a friend of mine were forcefully initiated into Eiye Confraternity. We were asked by some guys to use our okada to take them to a naming ceremony.
“Those guys changed the route after bringing out guns to scare us and led us into a bush where other innocent guys were to be initiated into the confraternity.
“In the bush, they beat us mercilessly. That was how we were initiated. Since then, they armed me with gun and cartridges to kill people, particularly, rival cult members. It was while doing this that I was invited into robbery by Cali (Wilfred Ehis).
“He invited me to assist him in collecting phones from delivery men. He orders the phone online, give them the delivery address and we ambush the delivery men and collect the phones at gun point.”
Armed with that information, Ehis was rearrested by the operatives after the arrest of Nurudeen and according to investigations, he had been the brain behind several robberies in LASU-Iyana-Iba and Igando.
Arrested along with Kazeem were Yusuph Bello, 33, the gang’s armourer from whom two guns and machetes were recovered, and Sunday Hassan, 26, the gang’s bike rider.
All the suspects have been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Ikeja for further investigations.