Three suspected members of the Klansman fraternity have been arrested by men from the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly shooting a member of the Eiye fraternity, Akinola Ayegbusi, at a restaurant in the state’s Alapere area.
PUNCH Metro understood that normal activities were going on when the suspects, who would be on a revenge mission, followed Ayegbusi to the front of the restaurant.
After seeing him, the suspects, who were armed with rifles and machetes, allegedly shot Ayegbusi. In an attempt to escape, the victim ran into the restaurant.
Afterwards, the six suspects were seen in a video clip captured by the closed-circuit television installed on the restaurant’s premises.
The attack sent the security guard, employees and customers, who came to patronize the restaurant, into a panic as seen in the video clip, and ran helter-skelter to escape from the crime scene.
The suspects left the restaurant premises after committing the crime.
A source, speaking to our correspondent on Tuesday, said residents in the area alerted police after the suspects fled the crime scene.
“The Alapere Division police officers quickly mobilized to the restaurant. They have evacuated the body and are investigating,” the source said.
State Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin identified three of the suspects as Jamiu Rasheed, Emmanuel Samson and Sheriff Module in a statement on Tuesday.
He said attempts were being made to arrest other fleeing members involved in the crime, adding that the suspects would be arraigned at the end of the investigation.
Hundeyin said: “Lagos State Police Command operations have arrested a suspected cult, Jamiu Rasheed, 22, who was caught on CCTV on July 7, 2022, hacking and shooting one Akinola Ayegbusi, a rival cult member at a restaurant in the Alapere area of Lagos State.
“Investigations have revealed that Jamiu has been a member of Klansman Confraternity since 2017 and participated in the murder of two other rival cult members. Investigations into the crime also led to the arrest of the group’s armor, one Sheriff Module, 26, who was found with two locally made handguns; and another sect, Emmanuel Samson.
“The sheriff who was also part of the murder confessed that it was carried out to avenge the death of their leader who was murdered by the Eiye brotherhood on November 23, 2021. Efforts are still underway to arrest other fleeing cult members. The suspects will be arraigned at the end of the investigation.”
Hundeyin said State Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi called on parents and guardians, as well as traditional, religious and political leaders to prevail over their children and neighborhoods, and the teeming youth population to stay away from cultism and other social vices.
Cult-related attacks and killings had been going on in the Alapere area of the state for some time.
PUNCH Metro had reported raging cult members allegedly murdered a father of three, identified only as Oluwole; a man, identified simply as Labalaba, and an unidentified tricycle in the Agboyi area of Alapare.
Landlords, residents and business owners in the area had called on the Lagos State Police Command to mobilize police officers to restore normalcy to the community.