David Richard, 33; Sunday Richard, 39; and 29-year-old Odefe Richard are three brothers suspected to be members of Eiye Confraternity. The Lagos State Police Command arrested them for allegedly using a residence on Halidu Avenue in Shibiri, in the Okokomaiko area of the state, for cult activities.
According to Punch Metro, two other siblings, John Agboroko, 30; and 34-year-old Matthew Agboroko, were also apprehended, as well as other suspects – Samson Okpe, 32; Paul Jago 30; Saheed Oriyomi; 32; and 29-year-old David Quenum from the Republic of Benin.
It was gathered that the shrine – the residence which belonged to one Mrs. Rosemary Lawrence, who lives on Old Marine Road, Apapa – where new members were initiated, was uncovered by a team of policemen who stormed the compound at about 5am on Saturday.
Speaking to a correpondent, a police source revealed that some operatives had been on surveillance of the area prior to the arrest of the suspects, adding that wraps of drugs suspected to be cannabis were also recovered from the scene.
“There was a shrine in an apartment on that premises, where the suspects used to meet and initiate new members. We got information that the gang was initiating new members and we stormed the compound. Some of the suspects are siblings. We have been keeping a close watch on the group’s activities for some time. They are Eiye Confraternity members,” the source said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the suspects be charged to court.
She said, “At about 11.30pm on Friday, information was received that a house on Halidu Avenue, Shibiri, owned by one Mrs. Rosemary Lawrence, was allegedly being used for the initiation of cultists.
“The place was raided and nine suspects were arrested. Some wraps of weeds suspected to be hemp were recovered in a shrine allegedly used for the initiation of new members. The suspects are still under investigation.”