19 suspected cultists have been arrested by the Lagos state police command following the cult clashes at Alakuko, Dalemo and Kola areas of the State.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the crisis began on Sunday, February 7 and many residents of these communities have remained indoors for their safety.

In a statement released by the Lagos state police public relations officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, it was disclosed that the arrested suspects will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for investigation.

Mr Adejobi said the command had deployed additional police personnel, including Police Mobile Force, to curtail the hoodlums and restore normalcy to the affected communities.

The state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu was quoted saying the “intelligence at the command’s disposal revealed that the hoodlums came from Otta axis of Ogun State to lay siege on the affected border communities on cult-related crises and the command has been repelling them.”

“Items recovered from them included dangerous weapons, assorted charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp,” the police added.

Odumosu called on community leaders in Alakuko, Dalemo and Kola areas to support the police in combating the crises and getting rid of the criminals in their respective areas and in the state at large.

He assured that the command is working with the Ogun State Police Command to reduce the activities of the hoodlums and cultists in the border areas and towns across the state to the barest level.

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