19 suspected cultists nabbed in Lagos, Ogun



Nineteen suspected cultists have been arrested by men of the Lagos and Ogun State Police Commands for allegedly terrorising residents of Owode-Elede, Agiliti, Maidan and Afinjuomo in the Mile 12 and Ketu areas of Lagos and Ifo areas of Ogun states.

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Monday that locally-made pistols with life cartridges, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and assorted charms were recovered from 11 of the suspects, adding that they would be charged for the crime after the completion of investigation.

Adejobi said, “The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, confirmed the arrest of 11 suspected cultists, who had been terrorising Owode-Elede, Agiliti, Maidan and Afinjuomo, all in Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos State, on Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2021, in different operations carried out by police operatives attached to the Ketu Division of the command.

“The suspected cultists are Yusuf Abiodun, 22; Jamiu Salami, 30; Dare Taiwo, 27; Oluwatobiloba Aberaman; Balogun Taofeek, 18; Samuel Owolabi, 16; Ejemina Godfrey, 39; Godwin Innocent, 22; Keneting Uduenga, 29; Ayeni Wales, 29; and Lekan Olajide, 22. Items recovered from them included one locally-made pistol with life cartridges, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and assorted charms.

“The CP reiterated his commitment to fighting cultism and other crimes in the state to a standstill. He, therefore, directed that the suspects be transferred to the SCIID, Panti, for further investigation.”

Similarly, eight suspected cultists have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command in different parts of the Ifo Local Government Area for murder.

The men, suspected to be members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities, were allegedly involved in the death of a notorious cultist, popularly known as Ofada.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Monday In a statement.

Oyeyemi said the command, on Sunday, clamped down on cultists, who were engaged in a supremacy battle in the Ifo area.

He explained that the supremacy battle claimed the life of the cultists, simply identified as Ofada, who was shot dead by rivals.

According to Oyeyemi, a distress call was made to the police at the Ifo Divisional Headquarters and the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Adekunle Adeniyi, quickly led his men to the scene, where they met two other victims with gunshot injuries.

He added, “The DPO and his men subsequently traced the rampaging cultists to the Iyana Coker area, where three among them namely: Soji Olamilekan, 29; Shobande Olalekan, 26; and Solomon Fadebi, 33, were arrested.

“On interrogation, they informed the police that their other members ran to the Osuke area of Onipanu Ota, where they were planning to launch another round of attack.

“Based on the information, the DPO of the Onipanu Division was contacted and he quickly moved to the Osuke area, where he met a group of cultists holding a meeting in the bush.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but they were hotly chased and with the assistance of the youth in the area, four of the cultists, Balogun Oluwaseun, 22; Joseph Onwe, 24; Peter Raphael, 22; and Yusuf Emmanuel, 26, were apprehended.”

Oyeyemi said while investigation was ongoing, information got to the police that one of the cultists was seen receiving treatment for gunshot injury in Arobiye village, Ota.

He noted that the DPO of Onipanu swiftly moved in there and arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Toheeb Olorunkemi.

“He confessed to participating in the Ifo crisis, where he sustained the gunshot injury,” the PPRO stated.

Recovered from the suspects are one locally-made pistol, six live cartridges, four different types of mobile phone, one black beret and a small bag.

“The corpse of the slain cultist has been recovered and taken to the mortuary of the General Hospital, Ifo, while the injured ones have been taken to the same hospital for treatment,” Oyeyemi added.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The PPRO added that the CP also directed that a serious manhunt be launched for the remaining members of the groups in order to put their notorious activities to a permanent end.

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