Alakuko, a suburb along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway has been thrown into confusion as two cult groups attack themselves, throwing the whole community into distress and destroying properties worth millions of naira.
The clashes allegedly started on Friday evening and has continued unabated till Sunday afternoon, when the whole streets in the area were deserted and residents locked their gates.
A resident of the area, Iyke Omaka said “Since Friday night till Saturday night has been a hell within Alakuko in Alagbado area of Lagos state. Cultists vs cultists, so many properties worth millions has been destroyed not to talk about lives that has been lost. To my greatest surprise that fight started at the back of a police division (Alakuko Police Division). They could not do any thing rather the police ran into their station and lock the gate.
Another resident, Adebayo Shakur Adeshina, recounting his ordeal said he had to trek to Ajegunle from Alakuko yesterday(Saturday) night. “Most people parked their vehicles on the express, there is police station at Alakuko doing nothing. People are saying one notorious criminal called ‘confidence’ and his boys are causing it”
A lady, Bunmi Oguntade, a worshipper at the Genesis Celestial Church of Christ at Alakuko narrated to Gavel International how God saved her on Sunday afternoon after service. “The church had to close the gate and warned worshippers to stay indoors. She said the situation was particularly worse at Dalemo area where the hoodlums attacked every passer bye and also destroyed shops up till Alakuko bus stop.
Oguntade however said she cited three Rapid Response Squad vehicles approaching the area as she escaped.
Meanwhile, sequel to the commitment of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to continually take anti crime fight to the dens of criminals and miscreants in the state, the Police Command has arrested twenty seven (27) suspects in a planned raid of different blackspots in the Lagos metropolis between the late hours of Thursday 4th and early hours of Friday 5th February, 2021.
The arrest was carried out by the operatives of the RRS being a follow up to the directive of the Commissioner of Police to the Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to place certain spots under surveillance and dislodge the criminals hibernating in the spots especially at Ikeja, Agege and Alimosho areas of Lagos State.
The raid was also extended to Ile Zik, Dopemu Under Bridge, Shasha, Orisumbare, Iyana – Ipaja Underbridge, Ile – Epo, Abule Egba, Isokoko, Alfa Nla, Capitol Road, Akilo, Marketing, Alausa Central Business District among others.
Those arrested included Olajide Kolawole, m, (26), Kehinde Ayoola (25), m, Dola Abdullahi (20), m, Michael Ogungbade (19), m, and 23 others.
CP Hakeem Odumosu noted that the command will continue to intensify efforts to reduce incidences of traffic robbery, cultism and other social vices within the state, to their barest minimum.
While commending the operatives for the successful operation, CP Hakeem Odumosu advised parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards on the company they keep as cultism and traffic robbery remain unpardonable crimes which will not be overlooked or spared as they attract stringent punishments in the law.