New Lagos Anti-Cultism Law: Police Prosecute 60 Suspects for Cultism
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi
The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned sixty (60) suspected cultists arrested at various points and communities in the state to the Chief Magistrate Court, Yaba on Wednesday 31st March, 2021 before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo with the new Lagos State Anti Cultism Law, 2021.
The police prosecutors filed thirteen (13) count charges against the sixty suspects for various offences 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 terrorising the entire state and bring them to book.
The police boss confirmed that the new law is 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 cut 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.