By Esther Onyegbula
A member of the Eiye Confraternity, Azeez Idris, paraded by the Lagos State Police Command alongside 15 others, allegedly said whenever he puts on his red regalia it means that somebody must be killed.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, during the parade said Azeez Idris, as the leader of the Eiye Confraternity in Ilasan, confessed to the killing of many citizens in that location.
“He told the police that once he puts on his red regalia it means that somebody must be killed.
I haven’t killed anyone since I was initiated in 2016
But the suspect denied, saying: “I am a member of Eiye cult confraternity. I was initiated in 2016 by a friend called Honey. Since I became a member of the cult, I haven’t killed anyone. The clothes I wore while sleeping is what the police alleged is the cult uniform.
“I have gone to prison before for a related offence. I was in Kirikiri for over three months before I was released. Because the police officer knows my house that is why they came to my house to arrest me.
“The police officer said we were the ones terrorizing the community. I am not the leader of the gang. The current leader of the gang, Jide, is serving a jail term, while the founding leader is Andrew.
“Members of the gang usually contribute money to assist each other. The weapons recovered by the police were found in Andrew’s house. He said he is using the weapons at the site. He was the gang leader in the previous administration before Jide, who is now in prison, took over.
Another member of the gang paraded, Andrew Awalebi, popularly called Flying Bird, confessed that he was initiated into the group in 1990 by one Efrebor.
He confessed to being a two-time ex-convict and had at one time been charged to Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court as a result of inter-cult clashes in Ajah/Lekki areas in which many lives were lost.
“I was a cultist before now but I am no longer a cultist. I was arrested in my house. I have been arrested for cult related activities.”
Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said nine of the cultists, who have made life a nightmare for the inhabitants of Jakande Estate and Lekki area of Lagos State, were arrested on May 9, at Jakande Estate, Lekki, Lagos based on their mission to attack rival cult group.
Weapon recovered from the suspects include a locally made single barrel pistol, two battle axe, two daggers, one cutlass, charms and a pair of red regalia. The other cultists were nabbed in Ketu area of Lagos.
CP Edgal Imohimi noted that the suspects will be charged to court at the end of the investigation.