The Lagos State police command yesterday said it had intercepted a criminal gang of suspected cultists and robbers in Ikorodu area of Lagos, leaving one dead and several weapons recovered.
The face-off occurred when the police ran into a twin evil of armed robbery and cultism gang at about 8:30p.m. on Wednesday.
The criminal gang’s refusal to stop for a search led to a gun battle with the police, which resulted in the death of one, while others scampered from the scene.
It was gathered that few hours before the face-off, a police officer attached to the Divisional Police Office in Owode Onirin had an intelligence report from a citizen that the terror gang had stabbed one Sylvester Chikwendu, suspected to be a member of a rival cult gang to death in Alapere, Ketu, Ikorodu road.
Prior to the information, the DPO of the police division office mobilised a crack team to Thomas Bus-stop, Owode, where he directed his men to narrow the road and gave them a clear description of the gang’s operational car.
It was learnt that when the gang approached the police zone, they became desperate and opened fire on the operatives in their last-ditch effort to evade arrest, eliciting an immediate response from the team.
However, in the ensuing gun-battle, one of them bowed to death owing to bullet wounds sustained during the fight while the others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
The escaping members of the gang abandoned their operational vehicle, a Toyota Camry saloon car without registration plate, one pump action rifle, one locally-made revolver pistol, one locally-made single barrel pistol, five live 9mm calibre ammunition, three live cartridges, two expended cartridges, two cutlasses, charms (Juju) and assorted clothing.
The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the quick resolution of a crime that started at Alapere, is a signal to criminal elements that the security in place in the state is impregnable.
He added that while the ember months are, he has directed police personnel serving in the state to decisively subdue perpetrators of violent crimes.
Edgal appealed to healthcare practitioners, including native doctors and other caregivers, to be on the lookout for patients with gunshot wounds and inform the police within two hours of commencement of treatment in line with the Compulsory Treatment of Victims Of Gunshot Act.