by Paul Osas
The Lagos state police command has apprehended two suspected robbers who insists they are cultists and not robbers.
Sodiq Jimoh a native of Lagos state and university drop-out, has told operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos that he is not an armed robber, but a cultist who kills as the occasion demands
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the arrest.
Jimoh confessed that he was a member of Eiye Confraternity and was responsible for the murder of many rival cult members.
According to Police authorities, the suspect, who is a trader at the Alaba International Market, was usually hired on contract by traders in the market to intimidate or kill rivals.
He said: “I am not an armed robber, I am just a member of Eiye cult. During the market election, one of the contestants gave us N1m to flush out his opponent’s supporters. On May 22, 2013, we knew that Black Axe (Aiye) members had also been paid to support an opponent. So we knew there would be a fight. I got 15 of my boys and Aiye people attacked us first. But the Eiye boys were able to gun them down.
“Four of them, Chibuzor, Tony, Ayanga and Chinedu; died on the spot. I did not pity them because it was self-defence. As cultists, we only kill those who deserve death and those guys were also evil,” he said.
Jimoh, who claimed to be married with three children, said he was not the leader of the cult but the fifth in command. He added that he usually wore masks in order to avoid being identified by rival cult members.
When asked why he took to cultism, he said, “When I was in 300 level, some boys tricked me into following them to a party and gave me something to eat. They said if I did not join them, I would die. I couldn’t cope with school so I left and then became a television trader in the Alaba Market.”
Police say Jimoh and his accomplice will be charged to court soon.