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FLASH: Police reject bribe, arrest alleged cultist in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in the early hours of July 8, 2023, arrested a suspected cultist identified as Idris Ayinla in Ikoyi.

The operatives recovered one semiautomatic pistol, four live ammunition and one hat with cult insignia from him.

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The suspect, aged 33, alongside three other occupants were in a red Toyota Matrix with registration number EKY 638 EX, heading towards Oniru Beach when the operatives on routine patrol of Admiralty Road, Ikoyi flagged them down.

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After the driver had brought the car to a stop, one of the occupants offered the officers some money, which they declined, rather insisting on searching the vehicle. Sensing danger, the suspects all ran out of the car and one of them, Idris Ayinla, shot at the operatives while attempting to escape.

The operatives responded swiftly, as a result of which he sustained a gunshot wound on his leg, arrested him and recovered his firearm.

The suspect has since been transferred to the Command headquarters for harmonization with ongoing investigations into activities of cultists within the state, after which all culpable suspects will be arraigned.
Meanwhile efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects.

Speaking on Sunday, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Idowu Owohunwa commended the Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi and his operatives for their alertness and dedication to duty. He assured Lagosians of the Command’s continued resolve to ensure their optimum safety and security.

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