Nigerian Police Force, Lagos State Command arrested some suspected cult boys inside a forest where they had gone for initiation.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal who expressed serious concern over the activities of the young boys who were being initiated into cults and blamed the parents for lack of care for their children.
They had gone to be initiated into Aiye Confraternity at Epe area of Lagos when this happened.
They were brought to the place for a final initiation after being recruited from various places in the federation before word got to the police and they made the arrest at about 2:00 am.
It was uncertain what had already happened to some of them because the place was a thick forest and it was quite dark but about 25 of them were arrested while several others took to their heels and fled the reach of the Police.
They were mainly teenagers from other locations in the state and they included, Jude Olamide, 15, Monday Arukwe, 15, Emmanuel Osho, 17, Ajayi Olamide, 17, Tawede Moyowa, 17, Ajagbe Samuel, 17 and Dele Femi, 18. Others were Tosin Ogunbabe, 17, Ismail Shuaib,17, Habeeb Olaiya, 19 and many others.
The police recovered locally made pistol, expended cartridges and different types of phones as exhibits and kept them at the State Command.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police also said that the suspects arrested at Epe came from their various states to Lagos and left their homes for days without their parents asking to know about their movement. He reiterated that he will not allow the activities of cult groups in the state and any person caught must be arrested and prosecuted.
CP Edgal said that the police busted the suspects following credible intelligence available to the Command about the suspects at Epe. Hence, he mobilized the officers and they went there when they were conducting the initiation rites for the new members in the forest and caught them in the act.
He said that the suspects, including the teenage boys, will be charged to court for prosecution.