A father whose two sons were arrested for being cult leaders has disowned them, telling the police to dispense justice.
The two gangsters, Fatai and Yakubu Popoola, were arrested by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Alausa, after it declared an all out war on the cult group which has caused a lot of havoc in the city, where they hold sway, robbing, raping and maiming innocent residents.
It was gathered that the 30-year-old Fatai and his 27-year-old brother, Yakubu, were arrested alongside 13 other suspected members of the gang identified as Ajayi Babatunde, Ajose Anthony, Nurudeen Adebayo, Olayemi Lasege, Afeez Sanusi, Oluwafemi Ajibade, Opeyemi Oluwasola, Oluwatobi Adewunmi, Sunday Akerele, Timothy Ogar, Actor Amaechi, Jimoh Sanni and Owolabi Adediran.
They were alleged to have dispossessed people of their property and raped young girls in the Aluminum Village and Valley Estate areas of Dopemu and also attacked some police officers who had gone to arrest them.
A police said:
“The arrest of the 15 Awawa Cult members was based on a tip-off. The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had got several complaints about the Awawa cult and he directed the taskforce Chairman, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to arrest the hoodlums.
The operation was carried out around 12am. The hoodlums attacked the policemen with weapons, but in the end, they were overpowered.”
The father of the two cult leaders identified as Alhaji Popoola, reportedly told the police that he had given up on them and the law should take its course.
The 66-year-old father, it was learnt, had visited the taskforce office to see the boys for himself and allegedly told the police that he came to tell his sons that their end had come.
“I have warned the two of them several times to desist from gang activities, but they refused. I am shocked that I have two sons among the suspects arrested by the police. They are no longer my sons.
I only came as a disciplined man to tell the two of them that their end has come. I think it is a lesson to wayward children to always heed their parents’ advice.”