The Nigerian Army bared its fang in the Ikorodu area of Lagos raking in suspected criminals and cultists allegedly disturbing the peace of the area.
The cultist numbering about 50, were said to be holding and initiation rituals inside a bush in the area and following a tip off the force’s troops from 174 led by the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ezeh swooped on them and caught 23.
Following the arrest the force handed out a quit notice to the cultists and vandals operating in the Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun States, saying it can no longer tolerate their activities in these areas.
The General Officer Commanding, Major General Enobong Udoh who handed down the said the force will not longer tolerate and that criminals caught will not be spared.
Udoh, was the GOC of 6 Division when the notorious cult leader in the Niger Delta area Don Waney and his gang members were killed and fillers from the military headquarters in Lagos said the GOC is ready to “force the Don Waney pills down the throat of cultist in Lagos and Ogun States.”
Parading the 23 cultists allegedly caught at scenes of their initiation inside a bush in Ikorodu, then GOC who was represented by the Brigade Command of the 9 Brigade Brigadier General Moundhey Ali, explained that the arrest of the cultists was in continuation of the crackdown on criminals elements in around Lagos and Ogun States.
He explained that investigation indicates that the cultists allegedly belonging to the Eiye confraternity were conducting physical training for new recruits, initiation and planning of robbery and kidnap activities.
He said that, “their arrest followed nab intensive surveillance and intelligence report to uncover the location and activities of the cult group, adding that during the process the cultists allegedly opened fire on troops of the 174 Battalion, deployed to arrest.
“Two of the suspects sustained varying degrees of the gunshot wounds, one of the suspected newly recruited cultist died as a result of injuries inflicted on him during the cult initiation.”
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