- Police, OP MESA intervene, kill one, arrest one
By Chiemelie Ezeobi
Some cultists numbering 50 yesterday intercepted and attacked the car of a member of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Kazeem Aliyu, at Coker Junction, along the Orile and Aguda axis.
The cultists had not only attacked him with guns, cutlasses and knives, but had also attempted to rob him before the deployment of security personnel came to his rescue.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, said the police had an exchange of gunfire with the cultists and succeeded in killing one and arresting the other.
She said: “The command received a distress call that Kazeem Aliyu, a member of the House of Representatives was being attached at Coker Junction, a boundary between Orile and Aguda by come suspected cultists.
“The cultists, numbering about 50, were robbing him with guns, cutlasses and knives when a convoy of policemen from Aguda, Bode Thomas and Surulere responded.
“Backed up with operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Operation Mesa (OPMESA) and during the exchange of fire, one of the cultists was brought down and another arrested.
“The corpse has been deposited in the mortuary and the command is still on the trail of the fleeing suspects while investigation is ongoing.”
In another development, three suspected robbers, who have been terrorising broken down vehicle owners and other road users around Otedola Bridge in Lagos have been arrested by the operatives of the RRS.
This is just as the police recovered two master keys from them.
The suspects, Chima Joseph (24), Hassan Adamu (34) and Ibietan Oluwaseyi (41) were arrested after dragging their victim from the Expressway into the bush and dispossessed him of all his belongings.
The victim, Idi Musa, who was in Lagos for the first time, said he was on his way to Apapa from Borno State to meet his brother.
It was gathered that RRS’s surveillance team have been on the lookout for the robber’s terrorising people during traffic congestion in that area.
It was further learnt that more than four people have been arrested for robbing road users while two additional cases of robbery linked to the suspects have been reported to RRS’s operatives.
One of the suspects, Chima Joseph, from whom the master keys were recovered, said he found the keys on the ground, adding that he was looking for a place to put it for people to see.
It was revealed that the key, when tested open the doors of 2 Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla and one Honda (End of Discussion).
As at the time of filling this report, RRS’s investigators were still questioning the suspected robbers to establish if they have a link to the car-stealing gang around popular Fela’s Shrine.
They are expected to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further questioning.