The leader of a cult group, who was arrested over the weekend by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command in Jakande Estate, Ajah area, Lagos suburb, has said that no amount of gunshots can penetrate his body.
The cult suspect, Andrew Awalebi, 35, who belonged to the Eiye Confraternity, was arrested around 8 am on Friday morning at a beer bar along with three other cult members. Two other members of the cult group, Adegoke Adeleke, 30, and Kehinde Adebogun, 31, were also arrested at a hotel in Ikorodu early Saturday morning.
Awalebi from Ilaje Local Government in Ondo State was given out as cult leader by Michael Thompson of the same Eiye Confraternity.
Thompson was arrested last night for a robbery at Surulere National Stadium in Lagos. Awalebi revealed that he worked with a popular landowner in Lekki. He claimed he is making N40,000.00 a month from the real estate agent for helping to secure his land property in the Axis.
He told the investigator that the gunshot protective charm was specially prepared for him by a herbalist in Ijebu-Isiwo, Ogun State, to protect him from gunshots of land grabbers in Lekki.
“I was initiated into Eiye Confraternity in 1996 by Banji Omisore, and later in 1997, I was promoted as its topmost leader after the death of Omisore…. We are eight member cult group. We meet very early in the morning or late at night. I have been arrested by Special Anti-Robbery Squad sometime ago when my cult group caused mayhem in Jakande Estate, inflicting injuries on passers-by in the area.”
Michael Thompson (24), Adegoke Adeleke (30), Kehinde Adebogun (31), Koffi Kwame (17), Daniel Olayiwola (36), and Tosin Issac (26) were arrested alongside Awalebi because they all confessed to being members of the Eiye Confraternity.
While confirming the arrest, the image maker of Lagos Police Command, Superintendent of Police, SP Dolapo Badmos, warned parents and guardians to be wary of their children and wards’ behaviors.
“Charity begins at home. But this should end in homes alone. Parents should help police to tackle cultism in their respective localities. They should endeavor to report to the nearest police station around them if they suspect the movements of their children. This will help the Police to nip the cultism in the bud,” she advised.
The cult suspects were transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, for prosecution.
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