Ogun herbalist fortified me against gunshots —Ajah cult leader

LAWMA street sweepers sitting on a truck loaded with waste. Photo: Sylvester Okoruwa.

Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Awalebi ,a leader of one of the cult groups in Ajah area of Lagos State has claimed that he was so fortified against gunshots penetrating his body.

Awalebi who was arrested over the weekend ,alongside five other members of his gang by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), boasted  that no gun could penetrate his body. The cult leader was arrested around 8pm last Friday at a beer parlour in Jakande area of Ajah and his arrest led to the apprehension of two other members of his gang in Ikorodu area of the state.

Andrew confessed to the police that he was the leader of the Eiye Confraternity  after another member of his gang Michael Thompson had opened up to the police.

Also arrested by the police are Kehinde Adebogun, Adegoke Adeleke,   Koffi Kwame, Daniel Olayiwola and Yosin Isaac .

Lagos Metro, gathered that trouble started for the cult members, when Thompson was arrested by operatives of the RRS for a robbery at the National Stadium, Surulere.

Awalebi, the Ilaje Ondo State- born cult leader said that he worked as a security man to a land speculator and that he protected himself against attack from other land grabbers. He told investigators that he has a gun – shot protective charm, specially prepared for him by an herbalist in Ijebu  – Isiwo, Ogun State to save him from gunshots of land grabbers in Lekki.

The suspect stated “I was initiated into Eiye Confraternity in 1996 by Banji Omisore. Later, in 1997 I was promoted as its topmost leader after the death of Omisore.

“We are an eight-member cult group and  very early in the mornings or late at night. I have been arrested by Special Anti – Robbery Squad sometimes ago when my cult group caused mayhem in Jakande Estate, inflicting injuries on passers-by in the area”, he added.

The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos confirmed the arrest of the suspects to Lagos Metro and added that they had been transferred to  the State Criminal Investigations  Department  for further investigation and prosecution.