The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja has arrested seven members of the Supreme Eyie Confraternity who were said to have been terrorizing residents of Magbo, Morogbo and Agbara areas of Lagos State.
SARS recovered two locally-made pistols from the suspects who were also accused of robbery.
The suspects are Timothy Obi, Oladele Alade, Christian Matthew, Adebayo Tomoloju, Ajai Peter, Ogbene Ochuko and Olaitan Joshua.
One of the suspects, Timothy Obi, a pastor’s son, said he joined the confraternity out of intimidation from other groups in his area.
He told Vanguard:
“On February 8, 2015, I was in my hostel preparing to go to church when my mother called me that some policemen arrested my father, Mr. Joseph Obi, alleging that I was a member of a cult group.
So, I came down to Lagos and reported at Morogbo Police station where he was detained. I told them that I was the one they were looking for. They released him. I told the police I belong to Eiye Confraternity. That I was threatened by one Chinwe Okafor to come and join the black movement of Africa, Aiye, and when I refused, he mobilized members of his gang to attack and beat me up.
I reported the incident to the police at area ‘K’ Command, Marogbo. They searched for him but did not see him. I recovered one cutlass he used to machete me on my right hand and gave it to the police. ‘’After that, one Mr. Ogidan, the former number 1 of Eiye confraternity at Gateway Polytechnic saw me and asked what happened to my hand. I told him that Chinwe Okafor and his gang attacked me, he told me to come and see him later for help.
The day I went to meet him, I was initiated because my father is a Pastor at Christ church. I felt bad about it. He asked me to give him N10,000. Two weeks after giving him the money, he gave me a gun which was not functioning. I showed the gun to my friend, Ochuko who knows about gun. Ochuko told me that the gun was not functioning. I needed the gun for protection.
I left the gun with Ochuko. After some time, I asked Ochuko to give it to Dale my friend, to keep. It was when they arrested them that I was arrested. My parents cried and said I have tarnished their image. We are four and I am the first son,” he said while weeping.