A suspected cult leader, Malik Onebiri, alias Kobad Baron, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing a police sergeant, Collins Esiabor during a protest following the killing of another cult member.
Punch reports that Onebiri had led some youths on Oshunkeye Street in Ifako-Ijaiye area of the state protesting the death of one Shina, aka Ishan, who was injured during a police raid on the street and died in the process.
The youths were said to be taking the corpse of Shina to the Area ‘G’ Police Command headquarters in Ogba and chartered a bus to Haruna bus stop on College Road when they met a police team stationed at the junction and launched an attack on them.
The deceased officer was reportedly chased to Emmanuel Olorunfemi Street, where he was clubbed and shot dead by Onebiri.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, said 19 suspects were initially arrested while the leader of the group, Onebiri, was arrested in his hideout after he had fled to Benue State.
In a statement, CSP Oti said:
“After a mob comprising mainly of members of the notorious Eiye Confraternity attacked a police patrol team stationed at Haruna bus stop, vandalising a patrol car and killing one Sergeant Collins Esiabor in the process, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, vowed that the command would arrest those behind the dastardly act.
The CP, while making the vow, said the leader of the group, one Malik Onebiri, alias Kobad Baron, who allegedly fired the shot that killed the officer, could only run but not hide.
“In keeping with the pledge, operatives of the command attached to Area ‘G’ Command, Ogba, swung into action and have so far arrested 19 persons who took part in the crime.
Meanwhile, the arrowhead of the group, Malik Onebiri, left the state immediately after the attack on the police team.
However, through discreet investigation carried out into the matter, police detectives arrested the said Malik Onebiri in his hideout in Gboko, Benue State.”
Oti further explained the circumstances that led to the death of Shina, saying the police had no hand in his death as he got injured while fleeing when he saw some policemen on duty in the Ifako-Ijaiye area.
“He probably thought the police team came for him and took to his heels, fatally injuring himself in the process. It was also discovered that nobody reported the death of the boy said to be a member of the Eiye confraternity until his associates in the deadly cult attacked the police patrol team.
The CP reiterates that the command will visit the full weight of the law on anybody or group that resorts to self-help or jungle justice in matters requiring the intervention of the law.”