17th May, 2010
A traditional ruler, Baale of Sagbokodji, a riverineÂ community in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, Chief Avime Anthony was recently held to ransom and brutalized by suspected cultists because he allegedly refused to cooperate with them.
According to the traditional ruler, the cultists, suspected to beÂ members ofÂ Black Axe, Eiye and Vikings confraternity, attacked him because he refused to accede to their request to operate on the Island.
â€œThey also dealt machete cuts on youths in the community who refused to be initiated into their groups,â€ Chief Avime told P.M.NEWS at Sagbokodji jetty.
Also briefing newsmen about the cultists invasion, the secretary of the Community Development Council andÂ Senior Special Assistant to the Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government on Rural Development, Hon. Hennu Solomon, said the Onisiwo Island, comprising Sagbokodji, Bishop Kodji, Iwede, Hun Agan and other villages had witnessed peace until recently when the cultists came and two headless bodies were discovered in the village.
Solomon added that a decomposing body was also recovered while the cultists openly attacked youths who refused to beÂ initiated into their fold.
â€œWe are therefore calling on the Lagos State police commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo to ensure a police post is located in Sagbokodji to curb the activities of these criminals,â€ Solomon stated, stressing that the community had forwarded a save-our-soul message to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos.
Responding to the peopleâ€™s distress call, a combination of Policemen, men of the Nigerian Navy and the Army stormed the village at 2 a.m last Wednesday and arrested 25 suspected cultists and other criminals.
Suspects currently held by the police at Panti, Yaba, include Taofeek Shofoluwe a.k.a Tonto, Christian Arumogbe, a.k.a. Lagbaja and Michael Oloko who was later released on bail. Oloko is a well-knownÂ Indian hemp addict and troublemaker in the village.
Those on the run include Out Okoi, Sunday Edward Chi Uche, Godpower Udoko, a.k.a. I.K. Abola Idowu, Niyi Adetunji, Chinaka Adimekune and Kelechi Ughochukwu.
In addition to cultism, Solomon said the criminal elements were also intoÂ Â armed robbery and piracy on the sea.
He stressed that the provision of a police post will curb the activities of the criminals in these area and help restore the peace on the Island.