Published On: Sun, Nov 10th, 2013
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Robbers’ Confession: We’re ‘Security Details’ To Politicians


Two suspected cultists and armed robbers detained by men of the Lagos State police command have declared that they were “security details” and “cultists” to some politicians and not bandits.

One of the suspects, Olajimoh Sodik, 28, who allegedly wore masks to rob his victims and terrorise innocent victims in the Lagos metropolis, said he was arrested in his hideout on Ajimobi Street, Sabo-Ajangbadi.

Nigerianinfo learnt that Sodik allegedly took police to the place where he dug a hole and buried his locally made pistol and cartridges, and the crime fighters recovered them.

It was also gathered that armed robbers who disguised as cultists belonging to different cult groups allegedly fought at Alaba International Market, Lagos, where they killed five people.

A police source said that some people in the area disclosed that hoodlums who identified themselves as either gunmen or assassins terrorised them in the area. The police source said several cases involving the gangs were transferred from Ojo, Okokomaiko and Ilemba Hausa police stations, to the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja.

After a thorough investigation, Sodik took the police to an armoury at Alaba International Market where the squad recovered guns and ammunition.

Sodik who claimed to be the youth leader in his area claimed that landowners, politicians and traders in the market used his cult group and others to foment trouble and also gain popularity in the area.

Although the suspect debunked the allegation that he was an armed robber, he told the police he was a cultist.

He was arrested with another suspect, Ibrahim Oshilemo, who also claimed to be a cultist.

Sodik said he belonged to a cult group known as the Eiye, adding that he sold television at Alaba International Market.

The suspect, who is a 300-level Business Administration student dropout from the Lagos State University (LASU), said he is a native of the state.

He confessed to the police that a rival cult shot his younger brother in the leg in his stead: “I own a locally made gun. I’m the owner of the other guns. I only took police to Alaba where they hid the guns. I sell fairly used television sets. I belong to a cult group called the Eiye. I was in the market when the Aiye cult members came to my residence and attacked my younger brother, inflicting bullet wound in his leg. I had to report the matter to the traditional ruler (Baale) of the area. Baale told me to apprehend some of the perpetrators and I was able to catch four and took them to his palace. Their names are Chukwuemeka, Nnamdi, C4 and Walter. I want to say it here that I’m not an armed robber. People only use us to grab lands. In some cases, politicians use us to achieve their aims. I usually hide my gun in the ground. I exhumed it when we were going for operation. I have participated in operations only three times. I did not kill anybody. We only fired and injured people.”

His colleague, Oshilemo, 27, claimed that he married six months ago and his wife was three months pregnant.

Oshilemo, who also hails from Lagos State, said he never robbed since he was born. He claimed to be a cultist who was initiated at a party.

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