The Lagos State Police Command said on Tuesday that it had arrested at least 15 people on charges of cultism.
Weapons were also recovered from the cultists during raids on different black spots in Ikorodu, Lekki and Ajah.
The state police command spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi said the suspects were arrested before they could carry out their planned crimes.
He said officers arrested a 20-year-old man, Taiye Lasisi, on Monday with a handgun after they were called for help in Ikorodu.
Following his arrest, an investigation was launched, in which 13 members of the Aiye Confraternity cult were arrested, according to Mr Adejobi.
He added that a 20-year-old member of the cult, Lekan Razak, was nabbed while attempting to commit robbery on Ibomide Street in Lekki on Monday around 4:00 pm.
Adejobi said, “as part of its efforts to protect lives and property in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has been on the trail of criminals who have been terrorising Lagosians at strategic locations, especially in Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state in order to decimate their plans.”
“On 28/12/2020 at about 4 am, while responding to a distress call from Agunfoye area of Ikorodu, the Police Surveillance team attached to Ikorodu Division of the Command arrested one Taiye Lasisi ‘m’, 20, of Agunfoye, with a locally made Revolver pistol.”
He also continued that “after his arrest, a search was extended to other black spots in the area where 13 (thirteen) other suspected cultists belonging to Aiye Confraternity were arrested.”
He listed the arrested cult members as Segun Ariyo aka Zangalo, who was once arrested and transferred to the disbanded SARS in Lagos, Kazeem Akinpelu, Ibrahim Oni, Tobi Awoyefa Yusuf Okunlowo, Oyesanya Damola ‘m’, Bola Hassan ‘m’, Toheeb Adesina ‘m’, Hassan Ashiru Onafowokan Michael, Folahan Adeola, Damilola Adeola and Julius Ihara.’