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Suspected cultist died of injuries from rivals, not Police – Lagos PPRO

By Evelyn Usman

lagos—The Lagos State Police Command yesterday, opened up on what it termed the true position on the death of a 37 -year-old suspected cultist, Akeem Abudu ,  who was arrested  last year  in Imota , Ikorodu area of Lagos , describing allegation that the deceased was tortured to death  inside its cell as false.

Rather it stated that the deceased was arrested with gun shot wounds he sustained during a clash with rival cult group.

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It would be recalled that the deceased, a father of four, was arrested alongside nine other suspected cultists during a raid by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS attached to the command and those from the Anti Crime and Anti Cultism patrols of Imota division .

Their arrest, according to the command, followed  rival cults supremacy clashes which resulted in the killing of two members of the Eiye confraternity: a cab driver identified as Saheed and his colleague identified simply as coach, on July 23, 2017  .  The later was hacked to close to the Imota police division.

However, one year later, family of the deceased  said that it was yet to receive the corpse of its son , alleging also that he was tortured to death inside the cell. It also stated that its  son’s arrest could not have been unconnected with a land dispute.

But in a swift reaction,  spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police, SP said, following the killings of members of the rival cult group,  communities around Imota were gripped with fear, as the environment was no longer safe.

In what he termed ‘the fact of the case’ Oti said: “Security operations in these areas were heightened to restore law, order and general safety of the area. To achieve this objective, SARS operatives from Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja were deployed to the area as reinforcement to Imota Divisional Police headquarter Anti Crime/ Anti Cultism patrols.

”Community vigilante groups also assisted the regular police efforts in containing   the deadly operations of these dare- devil and blood-thirsty cult groups.

”Intelligence report available at that time revealed the identities of 10 members of the notorious Aiye cult group  responsible for the deaths of Saheed and Coach of the rival Eiye cult group. They were subsequently arrested by the SARS assisted Anti crime / Anti cultism patrols of Imota police station.”

He gave identities of those arrested as: Daramola Isreal (24) Oluwatobishe Akinyo (27) Balogun Kamorudeen (28) Akin Sholanke (24)  and  Friday Oda (24). Others were :  Arogege Bolaji (28),  Akeem Amune (26), Ige Muritala (43), Suleman Nojeem (20) Akeem Abudu  (deceased, 34).

A locally made  shot gun according to him ,  was recovered from  late Akeem Abudu,  who was alleged to be leader of  the Aiye cult group. “ Other exhibits recovered from the group were : two cut to size locally made double barrel guns, one cut to size locally made single barrel gun,  one locally made single barrel pistol, three axes, three cutlasses,  50 live cartridges and assorted  charms.” Oti said.

He informed that during interrogation ,  the suspects confessed to being  members of  Aiye cult group but denied involvement in the  murder of Saheed and Coach   of the rival Eiye cult group.

Abudu’s death

Explaining how Abudu died, Oti said: “ On 20th August, 2016, at   about 1430 hours, the late Akeem Abudu who had earlier sustained  bruises and wounds during   rival cult clashes, slumped at about 1430 hours (2.30pm) and was immediately taken to General hospital, Ikorodu, from where he was  referred to the  Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH  Ikeja. He was certified dead at about 2345 hours (11.45pm)  of same date.

Autopsy examination conducted on the corpse revealed that the deceased died of Acute Cardiac Failure/Hypertensive Heart Disease. The remains of the late Akeem Abudu was deposited at the TOS LASUTH Ikeja morgue. However, till this day the family has failed to claim of the corpse of Akeem   Abudu for burial.”


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