The Lagos State Police have arrested 25 persons for robbery and cultism related activities at Ejigbo, Ago-Okota and Oshodi areas of the state at different occasions.
The robbery suspects arrested in Ejigbo area are Adebayo Gbenga, 23; Ashiru Dele, 29; Damilare Fagbemi, 23; Osondu Obodo, 24, and Akeem Muibi, 35.
The state Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, disclosed this yesterday while parading the suspects at the Command headquarters in Ikeja.
The first two robbers were said to have been arrested after the Ejigbo Division received a distress call from concerned Lagosians on October 15 this year that some hoodlums were robbing people of their handbags and phones around NNPC Junction, Ejigbo.
Following their arrest, four phones and some handbags were recovered from them.
According to Edgal, “They confessed to have come all the way from Lagos Island and Okota to rob at Ejigbo.”
Also in Ejigbo yesterday, a notorious shop and house breaker, Akeem Muibi, 35, was caught red handed shoplifting in one Mallam Sani Alli’s grocery shop.
Edgal added: “Although Muibi fled the scene, he was eventually arrested from a nearby septic tank where he hid himself after breaking into the said shop.”
Meanwhile, a band of five machete-wielding hoodlums, who attacked innocent citizens and destroyed properties on October 11 this year, were also arrested yesterday morning from their various hideouts at Oshodi.
The suspects were arrested after the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Akinpelu Police Station, SP Oladimeji Sunday, led a team of operatives to their hideouts.
The suspects are Emmanuel Ebere, also known as Marceto, 25; Timilehi Onijaka, 20; Rasaq Wasiu, 23; Yakubu, 22, and Emmanuel Edesewehen, 21.
Again, the state commissioner of police paraded a suspected car vandal, Fatai Adeshina, 32, while vandalising cars at 13/15 Community Road, Ago-Okota.
According to Edgal, the suspect claimed he was just a starter after four operations.
Some exhibits recovered from him included a brain box of Toyota Corrolla, four side door control panels. “Suspect will be charged to court accordingly,” the CP said.
Among the 25 arrested suspects, 15 persons, including two teenagers, were nabbed at various location in the state for cultism while having their initiation rites base on intelligence.
They are Price Chimeterem, 28; Obiora Victor, 30; Ifeanyi Uche, 23; Ufon Udosen, 21; Gbenga Ogundijo, 42; Radi Taiyo,19; Owoyemi Toheeb, 19; Adewale John, 23; Olawale Adams, 20; Ramon Sodiq, 28; Adewunmi Oluwasheyi, 30; Omolade Samuel, 16; Ekene Stanley, 30; Chamberlin Anikam, 22, and Oche Atah, 30.