In Lagos 22 teenage cult, robbery suspects arrested - Police

Badmos said that the suspects rough handled their victims and threatened to kill them.

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos State Police Command, have arrested 22 teenage cult and robbery suspects, including four females.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, told newsmen on Thursday in Ikeja that the 22 teenagers were arrested for alleged robbery, stealing and indulging in cult activities around Agege area.

``The two leaders in the first gang, which consist of eight members, were arrested on Thursday July 14, at about 11.30 p.m. in Mulero, Agege.

``They assaulted and robbed one Aladegbo Abidemi with axe and snatched her Blackberry Z10 mobile phone,’’ she said.

Badmos said that the suspects rough handled their victims and threatened to kill them.

``The second gang, consisting of 10 male and four females, were picked-up at Abattoir on Monday at about 2.35 a.m, after three of them had earlier been arrested at Computer Village, Ikeja.

``The suspects stole mobile phones. It was gathered that three of the suspects entered a phone stall and pretended they want to buy a phone.

``They walked out again after inspecting the phone, only for the stall owner to realise that two phones were missing.

``They were, however, caught on their way out. Their ages are between 15 and 19 years old,’’ she said.

Badmos said that the state Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni had summoned the parents of the suspects to his office.

She said that all the suspects had been transferred to the State Police Command, Ikeja, for further investigations.

``The commissioner has also ordered that the teenagers be sent for rehabilitation without delay.

``The arrest of the suspects was an eye-opener to the challenges of crime fighting and breakdown of family values,’’ Badmos said.

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