20th September, 2018
The onslaught against the twin evil of armed robbery and cultism in the state, ended on a high note on Wednesday at about 2.30 am when policemen of the Lagos State Command raided the hideout of suspected cultists, killing one of them during a gun battle.
A tip off from a well meaning citizen to the the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Owode Onirin, Ikorodu Lagos, changed the game for the terror gang who had at about 1840hrs of same day, at Demuren street, Alapere, stabbed Sylvester Chikwendu, 32, suspected to be a rival cult member to death.
Sequel to the information, the DPO mobilised a crack team to Thomas Bus-stop, Owode. He told his men to block the road and gave them a clear description of the gang’s operational car.
When the gang approached the police zone, they became desperate and opened fire on the operatives in their last ditched effort to evade arrest, eliciting immediate response from the team.
In the ensuing gun battle, one of them was shot dead while the others escaped with varying degrees of wounds. They abandoned the following items: their operational vehicle, a Toyota Camry saloon car without registration number, one pump action rifle, one locally made revolver pistol, one locally made single barrel pistol, five live 9mm calibre ammunition, three live cartridges, two expended cartridges, two cutlasses, charms (Juju) and assorted clothing.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi said the quick resolution of a crime that started at Alapere, should serve as a signal to criminal elements that the security in place in the state is virtually impregnable.
He added that now that the ember months have come, police personnel serving in the state are under firm instruction to decisively subdue perpetrators of violent crimes.
He appealed to health care professionals including native doctors and other care givers, to be on the lookout for patients with gunshot wounds and inform the police within two hours of commencement of treatment in line with the Compulsory Treatment of Victims Of Gunshot Act.