Ex-Lagos speaker arrested for cultism

A former speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt Hon Jokotola Pelumi, has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)

He was arrested with 49 others over allegations including cult-related issues as well as the reported killing of a policeman in the state.

At a press briefing on Monday, , the commissioner of police in the state, Edgar Imohinmi, said: “On October 27, at about 1630hours, a team of anti-cultism policemen attached to Area ‘N’ Ijede, were attacked while trying to effect arrest of some suspected cultists.

“In the process, a police officer by name, DSP Akingboju Akindele, was killed. “Investigation into the case led to the arrest of 49 suspects including a former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Jokotola Pelumi,” he said.

“The policeman’s rifle had been recovered at water front Ijede where it was burried.

“The other suspects and the former lawmaker will be treated as accomplice. All the arrested suspects are currently being investigated at SCIID Panti, Yaba and would be charged to court on Monday.”

Confirming the development, a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Bayo Osinowo, told his colleagues on the floor of the House that Pelumi was still in detention.

He said:

“As I talk to you, Mr Speaker, the former speaker of this House, Jokotola Pelumi, is in police custody and in the office of the commissioner of police,” he said

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