No fewer than 120 suspected cultists and hoodlums have been arrested by the Ibile Vigilante Group in Epe, Lagos State.
Mr Olajide Monday, the Team Head of the group said that the suspected cultists were arrested in some areas of Epe, including Oke-Balogun, T-Junction, Lagos Road, Okemagba, Aiyetoro, Poka, Temu, Noforija, and Papa, Punch writes.
“These arrests were made during the initiation of new members into secret cult groups.
“Some of the suspects were also nabbed during their usual gyration in some crime-prone areas in the town and in the suburb of the community.
“After the arrest, we hand them over to the police for further investigations,” he said.
Monday said Epe had always been a hideout for cultists, hoodlums, and kidnappers. But after establishing this vigilance group in 2009, their activities had been greatly reduced.
“The reduction of cult activities in the town was achieved with the support of police and other security agencies.
“The vigilante group works closely with government security agencies to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in Epe,” he said.
He, however, lamented poor funding of the group.
“The Epe Local Government pays our salary but the group has not been enjoying good welfare since the past one and a half years.
“The previous council chairman, Mr Segun Agbaje, was the one, who inaugurated our group and we enjoyed working with him as a vigilante group then.
“The group enjoyed good welfare package during his tenure but we are not getting similar treatments again,” he alleged.
He urged the current council administration to gear support for the welfare of his members in order to discharge their responsibility effectively.