by Adeola Balogun
The long arm of the law has finally caught up with a Lagos State man who is allegedly responsible for the murders of numerous youth.
Adigun Muda, was apprehended by men of the state police command at the South African Visa Application centre in the Oregun area of the state. He is being charged for his role in a number of murders which took place in the Mushin and Fadeyi, also in Lagos.
According to reports, the suspect, who is also an alleged leader of Black Axe cult, has been linked to the killings of over 10 youths between 2010 and 2013. The police added that the suspect had, in the past, been declared wanted by the police, charged for murder and was remanded at Ikoyi Prison for over a year.
According to police sources, after being charged with murder at a magistrate’s court, the suspect, with the help of some influential members of his community, was able to obtain a motion for bail application and was released under controversial circumstances.
It was gathered that after his release, the suspect allegedly went after those who had collaborated with the police to arrest him. The suspect was said to have killed more youths in the area and was declared wanted again by the police. All attempts to arrest him had proved abortive. However, a team of policemen attached to Area D Command, Mushin, remained on Muda’s trail.
Their resilience paid off last Thursday when the policemen, led by the Area Commander, ACP Omololu Bishi, arrested him at the visa application centre with travel documents.
A police source said, “Around 2pm on that day, a team of policemen on patrol duty, rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect.
“We found forged documents on him including a fake identity card portraying the suspect as a supervisor with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency.
“Upon interrogation, he confessed that he was a member of Black Axe Confraternity, and had killed many people. He mentioned other members of his gang and we will continue to make more arrests. We have transferred him to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.”
A police detective said, “We did our job and charged this guy (Muda) to court. We have arrested and charged him three times but he continues to find his way out of prison. This frustrates our job and we want the government to look into this.”
Muda’s arrest ignited celebrations in Mushin as youths narrated some of their experiences in the hands of the suspect. Meanwhile, the police have reportedly beefed up security in Mushin as Muda’s gang members were said to have threatened to carry out reprisals for his arrest.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed Muda’s arrest to our correspondent on the telephone. “The suspect has been transferred to the SCID. Investigations will reveal all his crimes,” she said.