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Rival cult groups clash in Lagos, 15 arrested

Members of rival cult groups clashed in a battle of supremacy over who should collect revenue at the popular Ketu market in Lagos.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the battle for supremacy was among members of the Eye, Aiye and Buccaneer cult groups in the area.

It was learnt that the franca grounded economic activities as traders stayed off the battle ground for safety purpose.

According to the Lagos State Police Command, normalcy has been restored to the area, adding that 15 members of three cult groups were arrested on Wednesday with weapons.

The police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Ikosi/Ketu Crisis: Police Restore Normalcy, Arrest 15 With Weapons’.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Police Command has restored normalcy to the Ikosi/Ketu area of Lagos State after a clash that occurred today Wednesday 17th March, 2021 at 6am amongst some suspected cult groups, Eye, Aiye and Buccaneer, as fifteen (15) suspects were arrested. Two (2) locally made pistols, some live cartridges, assorted charms etc were recovered from the suspects.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who had deployed policemen including the Rapid Response Squad and Taskforce to the area to quench the crisis and restore normalcy to the area, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba for discreet Investigation.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the crisis was connected to the revenue generation at the Ketu fruits market; and efforts are in top gear to apprehend other fleeing members of the gangs that orchestrated crisis in the area.

“The Commissioner of Police has however reiterated the command’s commitment to fighting crimes and criminality, especially cultism, in the state. He stated that the command will harness all legitimate means to suppress cultists’ activities in the state.”

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