Bariga wanted criminal arrested inside mosque

A wanted suspected cult member in Bariga area has been arrested in a mosque in Somolu area.

The arrested suspect had, in the past, been linked to cult killings and gangster wars in Bariga and Abule Ijesha area of Somolu.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the suspect had escaped from a gang of local vigilante members and was hiding in a mosque, when he was fished out and arrested by the police.

He had been transferred to the anti-robbery section of the Criminal Investigative Department of the state police command, Panti, for onward investigations.

The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the suspect to the Nigerian Tribune.

A resident of Ilaje area of Bariga told the Nigerian Tribune that “the suspect was returning from a club when vigilante attempted to arrest him but he escaped.

“He later hid in a mosque but the vigilance men could not arrest him, until they sighted a police patrol van and stopped the policemen.”

The policemen reportedly forced their way into the mosque and brought out the suspect.

A police source at Panti, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune on condition of anonymity, described the arrest of the suspect as a breakthrough.

“He is wanted for the setting ablaze of a house in Bariga, where an old woman was burnt to death. There are other criminal cases linked to him,” the source stated.