The police in Lagos have arrested 10 persons, including two native doctors, for the mob violence led to the death of an officer last week.
In a statement on Wednesday, the police said its preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are cultists.
An angry mob on August 30 lynched a police sergeant, Collins Esiabor, in the Ogba area of the state over the death of a youth in the area.
The suspects arrested by the police include Adewunmi Suleiman, Olorunda Michael, Omoba Idowu, Olarewaju Hammed, Ransom Adewuye, Ayo Adeyanju, Anu Akinola and Paul Akanbi.
“Investigation into the case revealed that the suspects are cultists as attested to by one of them, Ayo Adeyanju, who conveyed the corpse of their late member to the burial site,” the police said in the statement issued by Imohimi Edgal, the police commissioner.
“On their way, they decided to avenge the death of the deceased on the police patrol team even though it is clear that the police had no physical contact whatsoever with the deceased.
“According to the suspects, the deceased sighted policemen within his vicinity and attempted to scale a fence believing they (police) were after him. Unfortunately, he put the wrong foot forward and fatally injured himself, which in turn led to his death.”
The police also said that two native doctors, Babatunde Rufai, 82, and Ariyo Elegbede, 52, had been arrested after they were named as accomplices.
The police said it recovered one dane gun and assorted charms from the suspects.
“Investigation into the case is ongoing with a view to arresting other fleeing suspects and those so far arrested will be charged to court accordingly,” Mr Edgal said.
In a related development, police officers at the Ejigbo Divisional Headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested two teenagers for alleged burgling of shops.
The police said in a statement on Wednesday that the two suspects, aged 13 and 14, were arrested on September 2 when they broke into a shop at Block 397, Jakande Estate, Ejigbo and made away with valuable items.
Some of the stolen items include a generator valued N15,000, one HP Laptop valued N90,000, one Amplifier valued N40,000, and one CD Mixer valued at N150,000.
The police said they also arrested one Adejagun Babatunde, one of the receivers of the stolen items, who had paid N2,000 for the HP laptop.
“I didn’t know it was stolen, the boys told me the system belongs to their elder brother who was doing DJ with it, they said they were hungry that’s why they want to sell,” Mr Babatunde said.
“They told me they want to sell the laptop for N8,000, I told them I would pay them N3,000 for the laptop because the laptop is damaged.”
Another suspect, Lawal Wasiu, said he met the teenagers at Ejigbo complex where he went to repair his phone.
“The boys told me they want to buy laptop battery and I sent them away telling them that I don’t know anything about laptop battery. They later said they want to sell a laptop and I introduced them to my neighbour, Adejagun Babatunde.”
Mr Edgal said “the adult suspects will have their day in court while the child (juvenile) offenders would be handed over to the Gender Section for appropriate action”.
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