The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned sixty (60) suspected cultists arrested at various points and in communities in the state to the Chief Magistrate Court, Yaba on Wednesday March 31, 2021 before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo under the new Lagos State Anti Cultism Law, 2021.
The Police prosecutors filed a thirteen (13) count charge against the sixty suspects for 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 Police Chief had earlier in the month coordinated raids across hotspots in the state, particularly, in Ikorodu area of Lagos State where cultists and hoodlums have been terrorising residents.
The Police boss notes that the new law is a catalyst to eradicating cultism across the state since it caters to the loop holes in the previous laws regarding cult related matters in the state.
He has charged Divisional Police Officers and other operational units to be on their toes and ensure the state is rid of cultism and social vices as the command enjoys the enabling mechanism to operate and discharge its duties as expected.
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