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Police arrest pastor over hate speech, parade seven minors for cultism

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The police in Lagos State have arrested a 35-year-old pastor, Chris Mordi, of the Miracle of Fires Ministry, Langbasa, Ajah, for allegedly propagating hate speech in the state.The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgal Imohimi, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday, stressing that the suspect was arrested on May 5 at Ado Road, Langbasa area of Ajah in Lagos.

Edgal said the pastor was arrested allegedly while in possession of an inciting publication titled: “Beware of Catholic Women Organisation and Knights of the Catholic for they are occultic.”He said the pastor had invited his church members for a programme where he was to make a public pronouncement on the issue before the publications were intercepted on May 5.

“This is a case of insult to religion and propagation of hate speech, which contravene Sections 124 and 168 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015. This should be a lesson to be imbibed by all religious leaders. We must encourage and preach religious tolerance,” he said.He added that the clergyman would be charged to court for alleged hate speech and religious intolerance.

Meanwhile, in line with his vow to rid Lagos of crime and criminals, the state police command has arrested some suspected cultists including seven minors and 13 others. Edgal, who made this disclosure while parading the suspects, said it was worrisome that some of them were minors.

On the first set of arrested cultists, he said the O/C Anti-cultism, SP Agbegbe Godwin, acting on information about a dreaded cult group terrorizing the people of Ejinirin-Iworo area of Ikorodu, swung into action with his team. The operatives arrested four suspected cultists belonging to Eiye confraternity and they all confessed to belonging to the cult group. 

The suspects were identified as 20-year-old Hassan Olaniyi, 18-year-old Afolabi Muiz, 26-year-old Wahab Moshood, who doubles as the leader and kingpin of the cult group and 23-year-old Ajenifuja Damola. Three cutlasses and two sharp knives were recovered from the suspects.

Also, 10 traffic robbers who specialise in dispossessing motorists of their valuables at Charity Bus-Stop, Oshodi, were also rounded up by policemen and presented to newsmen. According to the commissioner, the hoodlums were traced to their hideouts where they were arrested with a toy gun.He added that the police was working toward arresting other members of the gang and urged victims of traffic robbers to visit the command and identify the suspects. He assured that all the suspects would be charged to court.


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