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Aftermath of killings: 40 suspected cultists arrested in Ogun Temitayo, Abeokuta

 

 

The State Police Command have arrested 40 suspected members of the Aye Confraternity cult, barely 48hours after the killings at some villages in Sagamu.

The suspects were arrested in Sagamu, Emuren, Fakale,  Ijebu Igbo and Ago Iwoye in Ijebu North local government area of the State.

It would be recalled that rival cult groups had on sallah day (Wednesday) engaged themselves over the celebration of 7/7 and four persons were reportedly killed in both Igode and Fakale communities in Sagamu local government area on Wednesday.

Though, some reports claimed that the crisis left over 11 persons dead, the Police insisted that those killed were not more than four.

In a statement on Friday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed that 17 out of the 40 arrested suspects were picked up at Emuren village in Sagamu LGA while the remaining ones were nabbed at Ijebu Igbo and Ago Iwoye.

He further revealed that their men and officers are fully on ground as information gathered was that the cultists are mobilising tonstorm Sagamu again yesterday (Friday).

As at the time of filling this report, security is tighten within and around Sagamu township and other parts of the State.

Adejobi hinted that the command has instructed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in Sagamu and his men to mount security checkpoints on the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode highway.

He said the command also had a hint that some traditional rulers in the affected communities were aiding and promoting the cult groups.

The Police spokesman disclosed that some traditional rulers and Chiefs in the affected communities will soon be invited, warning that, any of them found culpable would be dealt with according to the law.

He also warned that the command has zero tolerance for cultism and would do everything to nip their activities in the bud.

“The command did not have the record of those killed, they are hurting themselves and they have their targets, and at least,to an extent, we thank God they have not been killing indiscriminately.

“But today we have information that some of them are not from that community, they were invited to Emuren community.

“We have allegation that some traditional chiefs are harbouring them, and promoting them. We are going to spread the scope of our investigation to unravel this and if it is true, any community leader that is involved in promoting cultism will be dealt with according to the position of the constitution. He will face the wrath of the law.

“We have 12 suspects from that angle. In Emuren alone, we have three suspects, they said one of them is a son to a chief, we are still investigating.

We have Faleke Sultan, in the other community. We went on all-round operation, we have additional 12 just for today,(Friday) making 17 suspects.

“In Emuren specifically which is the conflict theatre, we have Ismail Ali, Sodiq Ibrahim and Ahmed Rafiu.

“We are working on them and we are going to subdue them. Is not only in this place, all together in the state now we have arrested 40 suspects, spanning across Sagamu, Emuren, Ijebu Igbo, and Ago Iwoye.

“In Ago-Iwoye, we have arrested 17 and as I speak with you, we have information that they are coming again with their new boss to attack Sagamu, the DPO of Sagamu is on the Expressway now, they have blocked all the entrances into Sagamu.

“They want to cause problem and unrest for us in Ogun State and we are going to tackle them”, Adejobi declared.

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