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Police Arrests JSS One Student, Others During Cult Initiation

A 15 year old pupil, Idris, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly belonging to the cult group, Aiye Confraternity.

A 15 year old pupil, Idris, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly belonging to the cult group, Aiye Confraternity.

Idris, a Junior Secondary School one pupil at a private school in the Orile area of Lagos state, was paraded along with 56 other suspected cult members at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday.

The cult had gone inside a bush some distance away from Eleko Beach, Ajah, to perform initiation rites for new members, including Idris, who had tattoos on his chest and hand.
They were about to complete the rites when the operatives swooped on them around 4am. Two locally-made cut-to-size guns, three live cartridges and 22 expended cartridges were reportedly recovered from them.
Idris, a resident of Arowoyabuna Street, Orile, told our correspondent that an unnamed neighbour had approached and asked him to follow him to Eleko Beach for a party. He said when they got there, the man covered his face and took him inside a bush.
He added that an object was used  to pierce his thumb and collected some blood.He said he hasn’t been told the name of the cult before the arrival of the police men.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, lamented increasing involvement of youths in cultism.
He, however, said the command had initiated a clampdown on cult members, adding that those arrested would be prosecuted.
The CP said, “Based on credible intelligence that members of the dreaded Aiye Confraternity were performing their initiation rites at a shrine in a thick forest in Abule Egbanu, in the Elemoro, Aja area of Lagos, the Divisional Police Officer, SP Mohammed Limawa, mobilised his men.
The DPO received support from the undercover operatives of the Area J, Elemoro, and the men of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command. Together, they stormed the area and arrested 57 members of the notorious cult group.
Imohimi also paraded three suspected members of a cult that allegedly killed an official of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Monsuru Bolaji, on Wednesday in the Aguda, Surulere area of the state.
He said the suspects, Muyideen Bello, Wasiu Adio and Nurudeen Odofin, had confessed to participating in the murder of the father of two children, noting that an axe and a knife with bloodstains reportedly recovered from them had been sent to a forensic unit for analysis.
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