The Ogun State Police Command, in conjunction with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, has arrested seven suspected cultists and also recovered firearms, three live cartridges and criminal charms in Shagamu, Ogun state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the state Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the raid was conducted in response to the cult clash between two rival cult groups known as Aiye and Eiye, resulting in the death of four individuals at Ewu Iya in Sakura area of the state.
The suspects apprehended were Asaiye Omolaja, Azeez Nofiu, Mathew Adewale, and Bolaji Ogunkemaya.
He noted that Bolaji Ogunkemaya was found with four deceased persons in the same room where the killings occurred.
One of the arrested suspects, Bolaji Ogunkemaya stated that their leader is known as Azubike aka Better.
The Commissioner of Police, Alamutu Mustapha, visited Sagamu on Monday to assess the situation firsthand and profile all the suspects apprehended.
Mustapha warned all cultists in Ogun state, stating that their activities would no longer be tolerated and if caught, they would be severely punished.
The statement partly reads “The Ogun State Police Command in Sagamu conducted a successful raid led by ACP Shehu Alao in collaboration with the VGN. This operation was carried out in response to a report of a clash between two rival cult groups, namely Aiye and Eiye, resulting in the death of four individuals at Ewu Iya Sunday in SAKURA.
“The individuals apprehended were Asaiye Omolaja, Azeez Nofiu, Mathew Adewale, and Bolaji Ogunkemaya. It is worth noting that Bolaji Ogunkemaya was found with the four deceased persons in the same room where the killings occurred. One individual, Wasiu, managed to escape before the authorities arrived.
“CP Mustapha sternly warns all cultists in Ogun State that their activities will no longer be tolerated. He has declared a zero-tolerance policy towards senseless killings and vows that none of these cultists will go unpunished.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, had on Monday confirmed that eight people were killed during the cult clashes in the Sagamu area of the Ogun state