Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered the destruction of a shrine located under the Opebi link bridge in Ikeja, Lagos, allegedly belonging to suspected members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC).
Edgal, who led detectives to the shrine yesterday, said that the operators of the shrine carry out trial by ordeal on those arrested. According to him, going by the items found in the shrine, some of the victims were tortured to force them to own up to a crime they were being tried for.
He said that three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the activities around the shrine, while three POS machines allegedly being used to extort money from victims were recovered.
Aside from the POS machines, other items found at the shrine included mobile telephone sets and ATM cards belonging to some victims. Some residents and artisans accused the OPC of torture and use of force on victims, adding that it usually opened a case file and dragged people into the shrine.