The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested 21 suspected political thugs following the death of two suspected cultists at a political rally in Obanikoro area of the state on Wednesday.
The command spokesperson, Chike Oti, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Lagos. He said the two suspected cultists were on the police wanted list for their roles in various cult clashes in the state.
“Yesterday being Oct. 17 at about 5:15 pm, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Pedro Police Station, received a call that two persons, later identified as Ibrahim a.k.a Small Jpron and one Solo were killed at a political gathering,’’ Mr Oti said.
He said the gathering was “organised by Hon. Ademorin Kuye, at a place called Home Touch, situated at No. 228, Ikorodu Road by Obanikoro Way.”
The deceased who had been involved in several cult clashes were on the wanted list of the police for leading several cult fights in the Shomolu, Bariga, Fadeyi and Ojuelegba areas of the state, the police said.
The deceased were trailed to the gathering by a rival cult group who invaded the arena and began to attack people. The fight was however brought to an end by the police who arrived quickly at the scene and made some arrests.
The notorious cultists, Ibrahim (a.k.a Jpron) and Solo, died as a result of injuries sustained during the fight.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered a manhunt for the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” Mr Oto further said, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted.
He once again warned politicians to inform the police before gathering in public places.
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