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Police Arrests Kwara State Born Cult Leader Terrorising Itire Ikate In Lagos

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Police Arrests Kwara State Born Cult Leader Terrorising Itire Ikate In Lagos

Ayodeji Dedeigbo

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the supreme leader of a cult group called Berry Boys and 11 others in Lagos.

On February 4, 2020, following sustained monitoring, Operatives from Itire Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, SP Barkfur Kromkyes arrested 22 years old Maliki Bello, who is suspected to be the supreme leader of the notorious Berry Boys Secret Cult with an operational base at Itire.

According to the investigation, Maliki is a native of Lalopun, Kwara State but resides at 23 Ayinla street Idiaraba area of Lagos state. He has been on the wanted list of the Police for violent crimes and gang clashes. The suspect confessed to being responsible for a series of violent attacks, murders and armed robberies incidents recorded in Idiaraba, Lawanson, Dosunmu, Ashimowo Bakare, Omo-Bola Mushin and Itire.

BlackBox Nigeria gathered that suspect told detectives that, he was initiated into the cult at age 12 when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS1). He later rose to the number one position, mostly addressed as the supreme leader of the berry boys confraternity. The gang has an official Facebook page (Bbl Baloteli) with 1,928 friends. According to Maliki, they use the Facebook page and other social media accounts to recruit new members, plan attacks and give updates to members.

The investigation led to the arrest of 11 additional suspects. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has further reaffirmed the commitment of the Command to address the menace of cultism and youth gangsterism in Lagos State. The onslaught on social miscreants launched by the Commissioner of Police is intelligence-driven, targeting mostly the leaders of the gangs and cult groups and blocking the channels through which they recruit young people.

He noted that the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants has successfully brought under control the activities of various cults and gangs in the State through well-coordinated and targeted operations.

In a related development, 19-year old Isiaka Olalekan was intercepted by Policemen patrolling the third mainland bridge for shop breaking and stealing.

The Police in Bariga had received information on February 6, 2020, at about 7:15 am from Bariga about a shop belonging to one Faruk Nobi ‘m’ of No 287 Boboreji market Lagos Island been burgled.

Following his arrest, four different types of expensive Mobile phones were recovered from the suspects and shop breaking implements. The suspect, who turns out to be the new employee of the complainant, confessed to having stolen the phones from his boss’s shop and will be charged to Court.

According to DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, the Police team who made the arrest were those detailed on the third mainland bridge by the Commissioner of Police as part of the Command’s measures to curb traffic robbery and to prevent suicide.

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