The Lagos state police commissioner has ordered the force that any cultist found with fire arms should be shot within the state with immediate effect.
Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos state commissioner of police, who disclosed this while addressing security stakeholders at the Area M, Police Command, Idimu, Lagos, said the era of treating cultists with kid gloves has ended.
He said that cultists are now to be treated as armed robbers whenever they are arrested by the police. He also vowed to put an end to cult-related clashes in the state, adding that such action would no longer be tolerated in the state.
Going further, he explained that most areas in Lagos state don’t experience violent crimes such as robberies and kidnappings, but suffered from huge cult-related activities which has clamed many lives, Vanguard reports. He said:
“Cultism is currently a very serious issue we must tackle in Lagos state and everyone must be involved. I am fully out to tackle it head-on and I urge parents to warn their children to stay out of cultism and turn a new leaf because I am coming for them.
“The era where cultists apprehended with firearms are treated with kid gloves is over. I have ordered my men to shoot at any cultist who is seen with a fire arm. This is not a joke, parents must take this message home to their children and warn them to desist from all cult-related activities henceforth.
“I have also strengthened the Anti-Cultism Department of the Lagos state police command and I have directed them to move all out to track all cultists operating within the state.”
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday, September 5, received the new commissioner of police Imohimi Edgal and outgoing commissioner Fatai Owoseni at Lagos House, Ikeja.
Recall that the outgoing commissioner of police in Lagos, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday, August 30, said he was not aware of the appointment of a new police commissioner for the state.
However, the confusion which greeted the recent redeployment of Owoseni out of Lagos state as commissioner of police seems to have been settled, as he handed over to his successor.