Communal clash; CP orders arrest of 13 leaders of warring groups masterminding attacks

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate arrest of 13 leaders of warring groups in Gengere Community of Mile 12, in Ketu, Lagos state.

In a Police Press Release signed by Lagos Command Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, CRIMECHANNELS learnt that
the order for the arrest of the leaders was given on Tuesday, during an interrogation and interview session at the Conference Room, State Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.

According to the Lagos PPRO, the 12 leaders are wanted for their involvement in a crisis that started in the community on April 30, 2021. The crisis, it was gathered led to the death of one Mohammed, who was stabbed with a knife.

According to investigation, violence broke out in the area on Friday, after the Commander, Security Committee of the community, Alidu Mohammed, was alleged to have disrespected and blasphemed Prophet Mohammed, as a result, hoodlums in the area were said to have gone berserk, and attacked him, set his two vehicles ablaze, vandalised one of his houses and burnt a small building belonging to one Alhaji Mamuda.

It was learnt that the Commissioner of Police, in an attempt to arrest the situation, deployed some Police operatives to the area, where already, 45 suspects have been nabbed.

Part of the statement reads, “To restore normalcy and maintain law and order in the area, the Commissioner of Police, on Tuesday, May 4, ordered the immediate arrest of the leaders of the warring groups who have been fuelling the crisis in the area as the parties still plan for continuous attacks on one another.”

“The Police boss also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to immediately take over the case and carry out discreet Investigation into the general crisis in the area particularly the murder and arson cases recorded during the crisis.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, warned the public that the Lagos State Command will not tolerate any act of religious intolerance and lawlessness in any part of the state.

CP Hakeem Odumosu warned that any individual or group of persons caught in the act or behave in such a manner that can trigger religious violence, thereby causing acts of lawlessness will face the full wrath of the law.

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