A 25-year-old suspected member of the Black Axe cult group, Tobi Adegoke, has said he was lured into the group with promises that he would meet an international music star.
The suspect, who described himself as an up-and-coming music artist, said he believed meeting the music star would boost his music career.
Adegoke was among 27 suspected cultists arrested in parts of Lagos and paraded yesterday in Ikeja, the state capital, by Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal.
He said: “I am an Aiye member (Black Axe). I have been in the cult for about two years. I was told that the music star is a member and if I joined, I will be able to meet him.
“It was the guy who initiated me that said so. He said he worked for the music star and that it will be easy access. But since I joined, I have not met the music star. They told me I’ll become a very popular musician, but see where I am now.
“I am renouncing my membership of Aiye. I will never belong to any cult again. They should look at my face very well. They will never see me in their midst again.
“I lived at Oniru in Lekki. I used to be a domestic help. Since I joined, I have not done anything bad; I have not killed anybody. I just wanted to be a famous musician.”
Urging other aspiring musicians to be patient, Adegoke said he regretted being on the fast lane, adding that if he had remained steadfast, he would not have landed in trouble.
Another suspect, Biodun Alade, 22, said he joined his group about four months ago, adding that the teardrop tattoo on his left eye was not a cult symbol.
Several others denied being cultists, insisting they were arrested during random raids by policemen in their neighbourhoods.