The Lagos State Police Command has arrested seven suspected cultists of the Aiye Confraternity during the annual 7/7 celebration.
Naija News reports that the suspected cultists were arrested in the Ajah and Ogombo areas of the state.
The arrest was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.
He said that in furtherance of the command’s repeated warnings against the Neo Black Movement of Africa, aka Black Axe 7/7 annual celebration, slated for July 7, 2021, the police operatives attached to Area “J”, Ajah and Ogombo Divisions in Lagos arrested four suspected members of Aiye Confraternity.
Adejobi said, “The operatives attached to Area J, Ajah, while on routine stop and search, arrested two suspected cultists, Michael Abejoye, 23, and Olalekan Quasim, 43, at Eleko Junction, Ajah Area around 1.30pm, with the regalia of Aiye Confraternity.
“Similarly, the police operatives attached to Ogombo Division, arrested two suspected Aiye Confraternity members, one Andoh Kolawole, 25, and Oluwasegun Destiny, 28, on July 8, 2021, around 6.30am, in the Ogombo area of Lagos State.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Command’s Strike Team, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible prosecution, while he reiterated the command’s commitment to sustain its fight against cultism and other forms of criminality in the state.”
Recall that the Command had earlier warned cultists against conducting any gathering to celebrate June 7, which is an annual cultism day for the Neo Black Movement confraternity.
Adejobi had said the police will not tolerate any celebration in the two states, adding that any group that engages in other violent activities will be arrested and prosecuted.
He added that officers are on red alert against any unlawful gathering, and will arrest and prosecute anyone engaging in cult activities.