The state’s police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, while confirming the arrest of the suspects to Tribune, noted that the Dopemu command had been alerted through a distress call by the residents of the area, who disclosed to the operatives that cult members known as Awawa were terrorising them and passersby around the area.
“Today, at about 09:30, the command, through its operatives from Dopemu division received a distress call that some bad boys popularly known as ‘Awawa ‘ were on rampage in Kadiri area in Agege, wielding dangerous weapons. A patrol team was drafted to the area, where four male suspects Sherif, Ismail, Amusa and Abel were arrested with various degrees of injuries, all hiding in a building at No 29, Abeje Street. The Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be transferred to SARS, where they will be given medical care in custody while discreet investigation is been done to apprehend other suspects now at large, so as to be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation. The command will no longer tolerate any act of impunity and recklessness under any guise of cultism,” he added.The suspected cult members numbering about over 15, who reportedly took advantage of the confusion created by their activities to rob unsuspecting residents and passersby of the area, were arrested with varying degrees of wounds from where they were hiding.