Police arrest 18 cultists in Lagos, Ogun

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The Lagos and Ogun state police Commands have arrested 18 cultists in various parts of the states.

In Lagos, the state police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu said the 11 suspected cultists arrested at Mile 12 area of the state were terrorizing residence of Owode Elede, Agiliti, Maidan, Afinjuomo, all in Ketu local government area of the State.

Odumosu said they were arrested on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January, 2021, at different operations carried out by the police operatives attached to Ketu Division of the command.

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

The Police Chief reiterated his commitment to fighting cultism and other crimes within the state to stand still and therefore directed that the suspects be handed over to the new Deputy Commissioner of Police State CID, Panti, for further investigation.

Meanwhile in Ogun, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi has said no fewer than eight suspected cultists have been arrested by the police in different parts of Ifo Local Government Area of the state for murder.

Oyeyemi said the suspected cultists were members of Eiye and Aiye cult groups who in a supremacy battle claimed the life of one of them simply identified as Ofada who was shot dead by rival cultists.

According to Oyeyemi, a distress call was subsequently made to the police in Ifo Division Headquarters and the DPO, CSP Adekunle Adeniyi quickly led his men to the scene where they met two others with gunshot injuries.

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

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

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

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

Oyeyemi further said while the investigation was going on, information got to the police that one of the cultists was seen receiving treatment for a gunshot injury in Arobiye Village Ota.

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He said the DPO Onipanu swiftly moved in there and got the suspect, 22-year-old Toheeb Olorunkemi, arrested.

The PPRO said, “He confessed to participating in the Ifo crisis where he received gunshot injury.”

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

“The corpse of the slain cultist has been recovered and taken to the general hospital mortuary Ifo, while the injured ones have been taken to the same general hospital for medical care.”

He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has 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 a serious manhunt for the remaining members of the groups in order to put their notorious activities to a permanent end.