The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected cult members at separate locations and recovered a stolen Hilux pick-up and a locally-made gun.
One of the suspects, 32-year-old Adekunle Ojo, was apprehended on January 30 by a police patrol team attached to the Epe division while driving the car along Epe-Ijebu-Ode Road, The PUNCH reports.
The officers were said to have been alerted shortly after the vehicle belonging to a construction company in Epe was stolen from its park.
Ojo had reportedly used a ‘master key’ to steal the vehicle.
A police report stated that the suspect had perpetrated the act in connivance with other accomplices still at large.
It stated that, “Realising that the game was up, the suspect tried to escape but was promptly arrested and the vehicle recovered from him. Investigation has revealed that the suspect and cohorts have stolen several other vehicles using the same modus operandi.
"Investigation also revealed that the arrested suspect is a member of the deaded Aiye Confraternity gang responsible for terrorising innocent members of the public in Epe and its environs.”
In another development, an alleged member of Aiye Confraternity, one Ejiofor Apeh, 27, was reportedly arrested in the Trinity area of the state with a locally-made cut-to-size single-barreled gun and one live cartridge.
He allegedly confessed that his gang was planning an attack on Buccaneer Confraternity, a rival cult group, when he was nabbed on January 28.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the two arrests, said the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi had directed that Ojo’s case be transferred to the Special Squad of the command for further investigation.
He added, “Consequent upon his (Apeh’s) arrest, the CP immediately directed that the suspect should be properly investigated with a view to arresting other members of his gang. The two suspects will be charged upon conclusion of investigations.”