The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday March 31, arraigned sixty suspected cultists arrested at various points and communities in the state before the Chief Magistrate Court, Yaba with the new Lagos State Anti Cultism Law, 2021.
The police prosecutors filed thirteen (13) count charges against the sixty suspects for various offenses including Conspiracy, Murder, Cultism, Unlawful Possession of Firearms and Breach of Public Peace under the new Lagos State Anti Cultism Law, 2021 and Criminal Laws of the Lagos State, 2015.
The new Lagos State Anti Cultism Law provides that, on conviction, cult members risk jail term of twenty-one (21) years, while their parents risk 2 years imprisonment or fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500,000).
The Commissioner of Police had coordinated some raids and operations around the state, especially, in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State to go after cultists and hoodlums who have been terrorizing the entire state and bring them to book.
A statement released by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the state police command, says the police commissioner described the new law as a blessing and catalyst to eradicating cultism across the length and breadth of the state as the law caters for many loop holes in the previous laws pertaining to cult-related matters in the state. He further appreciated the Government and good people of Lagos State for making the law a reality and success which is now applicable in the state.