A 28-year-old suspected cultist, Azeez Idris, has told the police in Lagos that any day his members put on red clothes they must kill somebody that day.
The suspected Eiye cult member said they derived their strength from wearing red clothes whenever they were going on operations. Other suspects are Andrew Awalebi (38), Wale Oyekan (40), Uche Igbo (38), John Dayo (20), Tajudeen Oluwatosin (30), Azeez Olayeni (21), Femi Orijobi (21) and Joseph Kolawole (22). They were all arrested on May 9 at Jakande Estate, Lekki area of the state. .
The suspects, it was learnt, were going to carry out attack on their rival group in the area, when they were arrested by the Special Anti- Robbery Squad team drafted to area. According to Idris, the members don’t just wear red clothes; they do that whenever they are going to attack a rival group, because they somebody must die.
He said: “I was initiated into the Eiye cult group in 2013 by Johnbull. The said Johnbull approached me and said he wanted me to be part of them and promised to defend me when I was in trouble. It is true we always wear red but on the operations that they arrest us, I did not go with them. “I was sleeping when policemen came to arrest me. I had been to prison twice because of cult-related issues.
When I was released from prison I did not intend to join the group, but I joined when my colleagues threatened to kill me. “Since I joined the Eiye group, I have not killed, but, I am the one carrying the guns we use for operations. I am not the leader of the group; the leader of our group is Jide. He was arrested when we went to fight and remanded in prison.
.“As a member, we always assist one another who are in need of money or if such a person is being threatened we would go and give the person protection. I regret joining the group. After I joined I couldn’t leave for fear of being killed.”