New law on anti-cultism  reduces cultism in Lagos, says Odumosu

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday said the Lagos State new law on Anti- had generally made the state calm and reduced the activities of cultists.

Odumosu said this while addressing newsmen at the Police Command, Lagos State Headquarters, Ikeja.

The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed the Bill Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism, 2021 into law on March 15.

The commissioner said most of the hoodlums, cultists and miscreants who were alleged to be  terrorising  the state had been arrested and prosecuted while many of them were being kept at bay.

“This has been  made possible the anti- law which prescribes 25 years’ imprisonment for any  cultist as well as punishment for whoever serves as accessory to any cult member.

“The law also prescribes 15 years’ imprisonment for anybody whose property, event centre, recreational centre, bar, vehicle among others is used to aid or facilitate any cult related activities.

“Also, a two-year imprisonment awaits  parents of any cult member as punishment,” said.

Odumosu said the state had been calm as the Command had improved on the state’s security network.

said six were recently arrested at Ikotun, Aguda and Surulere areas of the state.

The commissioner said the cultists are: Olalekan Bruwa ‘m’, 33, Matthew Majemu ‘m’, 35, Sodiq ‘m’, 37, Ope Ajayi ‘m’, 21, Balogun Isah ‘m’, 21 and Sunday Alagolo ‘m’.

of them  were arrested  for being of one locally-made short gun, one unexpended cartridge, one dagger and a substance suspected to be a charm.

“Meanwhile, efforts are being intensified to arrest other members who are still at large, while the suspects will soon be charged to court,” Odumosu said. (NAN)