The Lagos State Police Command is going tougher on armed robbers, cultists and anyone found illegally possessing firearms.

Residents have been warned that it will not be business as usual if ‘caught in the act’.

Usually, when a suspect is arrested, they are charged to the immediate court in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed.

In most cases, the arrested suspects get bail and are left off the hook.

Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal has now changed the music, and the dance step is expected to realign with the new tune.

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Speaking at the command headquarters in Lagos on Monday, Edgal, while parading 57 suspected cultists, said parents, guardians as well as community leaders should wake up to their responsibilities.

“The (Lagos police) command has been charging these suspects to court under various sections, guaranteeing them right to bail, meanwhile their activities bother on armed robbery, robbery and illegal possession of fire arms, the command has resolved  henceforth, all suspects arrested will be charged to court under the provisions of the fire arms act, their case file duplicated and forwarded to the DPP, and their cases taken directly to the high court for prosecution.”

“We are calling on parents, guardians and stakeholders to know that the command will not fold its hands to allow misguided youth begin to brandish arm and cause breach of peace in Lagos. We want them to join hands with the police to ensure we fight this menace of cultism and drug abuse.

Edgal revealed that the police busted the notorious Aiye confraternity during an initiation at Abule Agbanu in Elemoro, Ajah Lagos.

57 suspects, all between the ages of 18 and 35 years were arrested, while recovered items include: ammunition, arms and vehicles.

He added that some of the arrested suspect were not in their right state of mind, as they were high on drugs.

The suspects will be charged to court.

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