Police in Lagos have arrested a 38-year-old suspected cultist, who allegedly threatened to murder Oworoshoki Divisional Police Officer and burn down the division.
It was learnt that the suspect, Austine Oghieh, was called the DPO, CSP Ifeanyi Owo, about 19 times, threatening to kill him and burn down his division if he refused to release their leader, Kayode Ojo.
The suspect reportedly told the DPO that he would not know peace expect if he did not release Ojo.
The state Commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspect yesterday at the command headquarters, Ikeja, said on receipt of the threat massage, he quickly directed the officer in charge of Anti-Kidnapping Squad to ensure that the culprit was arrested.
He said: “The officer in charge of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad immediately went underground and deciphered the number to be MTN number 0703319352 owned by Austine Oghieh, who was later traced to Number 15, Fakeye Street, off Jimoh Yusuf Obawole, Fagba area of the state.”
A police source told our correspondent that the suspect called and asked if Owo was the DPO of Oworoshoki Police Division.
The source said: “When the DPO responded, the suspect then told him to be ready because he was coming to burn down the station. He also threatened to kill the DPO if refused to release their leader.
“Before he finally came out to threaten to burn down the police station, he claimed to be the Commissioner of Police, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji.
“Because the DPO didn’t give the cultists room to operate, they thought with their threat he would succumb to their pressure and allow them to operate freely in Oworoshoki and Bariga.”
When arrested, Oghieh confessed to the crime. Meanwhile, Edgal said on completion of the investigation, the suspect would be charged to court.
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