Operatives of Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit have arrested 25 suspected cultists in the Ijora, Mushin, and Bariga areas of Lagos State within a space of 24-hours.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement saying the team of security operatives arrested one Olaitan Rilwan on Saturday last week at the Ijora roundabout.
Elkana noted that the 20-year-old suspect, who confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity, was intercepted with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag. He explained that in follow-up operations at Bariga, one 23-year-old Mustapha Oseni and 22 others were also arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer said one locally-made pistol with eight rounds of live cartridges was recovered from him. He added that all the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.
Meanwhile, Students of the Benue state University on Monday morning, shut down the campus and barricaded the entrance gates in protest over Comr. Tyonor Smith, President of the National Union of Benue State Student (NUBESS) who was shot in the head by gunmen suspected to be cultists on Sunday night in Makurdi.
The student leader was shot at the gate of the Benue State University College of Health Sciences at about 7.34pm while on his way out of the school. He was rushed to the hospital and is responding to treatment.
Confirming the report, the spokesperson for the Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, explained that investigation revealed that Smith was involved in campus politics, adding that the students ’ union election was around the corner and that his opponent(s ) might be responsible for the act.
Anene maintained that the command had launched investigations to unravel those who shot the students ’ leader. She added that no arrest had been made.
The protesting students called on state security agencies and the Government leadership to curtail and mediate into the security challenges ravaging the entire Benue State with the current situation of proliferation of guns