40 SARS detainees held without a cause, are to regain their freedom as ordered by the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal.
The police boss who gave this order during an unannounced visit to a unit stationed inside the Command Headquarters in Ikeja, also directed that 30 SARS detainees arrested for cultism to be charged to court without delay.
Edgal who visited five police divisions unannounced, where he interviewed suspects and inspected the stations, warned his personnel to respect the rights of suspects and ensure they were treated with dignity, adding that he would continue unannounced night patrols of police formations under his command.
The night patrols were also not unconnected to resurgence of militancy in some parts of the state, and pockets of cultism related activities.
Asked the reason for the patrol, Edgal said: “Patrols are a routine exercise in the force and we act according to directives from the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris. The IG said we should intensify efforts towards community and safety partnership. That is exactly what we are doing.”
The Lagos state police command over the weekend, also arrested 120 suspected cultists. The cultisits were arrested after defying the order of the state command not to converge in any part of the state. The command had gotten wind of their planned meetings last weekend and issued a statement, warning them not to converge in any part of the state.
Items recovered from them include one big banner with 07 logo, one big clay pot, two small calabashes and one locally made pistol. The command says the suspects will all be charged to court after investigations concerning their activities have been concluded.
“Based on credible intelligence available to the Command and which as communicated to the Officer In-Charge, Anti Cultism, the suspects numbering 120 were arrested at Ikorodu where they were observing 7 – 7, undergoing initiation in preparation to unleash mayhem on the larger society,” Mr Edgal said.
“The exhibits that were recovered from the suspects are one big banner 07 with Black Axe logo, a yellow keg containing three litres of liquid substance suspected to be ‘skoochies,’ six small kegs containing ‘skoochies,’ one big clay pot, two small calabashes, and one locally made cut-to-size pistol.”