At 8.00 am on Friday, July 9, 2016, a Lagos cult group met the unexpected when a team of police officers, members of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command carried out a sting operation, invading the hideout of the group at Jakande Estate in Lekki, Lagos.
One of the members of the Aiye Confraternity, who confessed before members of the press, claimed that no amount of “gunshots can pierce” his body effectively declaring himself bullet proof.
35-year-old, Andrew Awalebi, the gang’s leader was arrested alongside three other members of the acclaimed fraternity group at a beer palour in the morning, while others, Adegoke Adeleke (30), Kehinde Adebogun (31) were arrested at an hotel in Ikorodu, in Lagos.
According to news reports, Awalebi an indigene of Ondo State, in southwestern Nigeria told journalist as he was paraded by the police that he was betrayed by one Michael Thompson, a member of the cult who was arrested for robbery earlier. He said he works with a landowner at Lekki who pays him N40,000 as his monthly salary.
The cult group leader said his “bulletproof” solution is purely a self-defence mechanism and it was done for him by a herbalist in Ijebu Isiwo, Ogun State.
The arrested suspects Michael Thompson (24), Adegoke Adeleke (30), Kehinde Adebogun (31), Koffi Kwame (17), Daniel Olayiwola (36) and Tosin Isaac (26) “readily confessed to be members of the Aiye Confraternity and have all been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba for further investigation and prosecution.
Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, confirmed the arrest of the alleged cult group and warned parents to be vigilant over their children because violent groups and cultists were on the prowl for youth recruitments.