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Task Force Arrests Suspected Cult Leader, Others

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit have arrested a 28-year-old man said to be the leader of a cult terrorising residents of the Iyana Ipaja area of the state.

The suspect, Franklin Anyawu of Oremeji Street, Iyana Ipaja, was also reportedly caught with bags of cannabis.

Punch Metro learnt that Anyawu was arrested along with 75 miscreants during raids on black spots in the Iyana Ipaja and Oshodi areas on Saturday.

Anyawu was said to have confessed to the police that he was the ringleader of a cult, Omije Boys.

The Head, Public Affairs Unit of the agency, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, said the gang was notorious for dispossessing members of the public of their items.

“He (Anyawu) confessed to selling illicit drugs to miscreants and hoodlums around Oshodi, Fadeyi, Idi-Oro (Mushin) and Bariga.

“Another suspect, Olumide Sanni, 19, who specialises in snatching bags and phones from innocent members around Railway lines at Oshodi, was arrested. Operatives of the agency had arrested him three times for criminal activities around Oshodi. He has made a confessional statement.

“The two suspects are among the 76 miscreants and hoodlums arrested by the agency during an enforcement operation tagged, ‘Eradication of Criminal Hideouts,’ carried out at midnight,” he said.
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