By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA: Police operatives in Ogun state have arrested some members of two rival cult groups who were allegedly involved in robbery and other criminal activities in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to a release by the Command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi in handleta, the state capital on Friday, April 10, 2020, effort of the team yielded positive results as five of the hoodlums were apprehended in Ijako area of Sango-Ota.
Those arrested were Ekunoye Lucky, 22, Badmus Sodiq, 27, Showumi Femi, 21, Adeagbo Adewumi, 22 and Agboola Femi 21.
Other arrest were also made by the deployed large number of policemen that comprises of SARS, Anti-Cultist Unit, anti kidnapping unit as well as conventional policemen drawn from all adjoining police stations in the area under the command of the Area Commander, ACP Monday Agbonika to restore normalcy and bring the hoodlums to book.
When the patrol team also moved to Winner’s Church area along Idiroko Road, Ota, the statement said, another suspect Adekunle Okeoye, 23 was arrested with a brand new locally made short gun loaded with five live cartridges and assorted charms.
The onslaught by the Police was carried out in the wake of crisis that broke out earlier in Ifo local government area of Ogun State as a result of supremacy battle between two rival cult groups which has metamorphosised into robbery and other criminal activities.
The state police command in a bid to nip the crisis in the bud deployed large number of policemen in compliance with the directives of the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, thereafter teams moved into the area and embarked on aggressive and intelligence based patrol of the entire area of Ifo, Owode Ijako, Joju, Ijoko and Agbado area.
Also, the operatives extended their operation to Araromi community in Agbado where three other suspects namely Sulaiman Ogunbiyi, aka Absorver Federal, Saminu Adamu and Nasiru Umar were arrested with face mask and assorted charms.
Earlier, ten of the hoodlums have been picked up at various locations in Ifo, Kajola and Ososun areas of Ifo local government by SARS operatives.
Meanwhile, the Police boss has ordered that all the arrested suspects be transferred to Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, for discreet investigation.
CP Ebrimson equally ordered the continuation of the operation until the last of the hoodlums is arrested.
The CP therefore appealed to members of the public not to be unnecessarily apprehensive as the Command will continue to do everything within its power to ensure that the good people of Ogun State enjoy adequate security during and after this trying period of our dear country.
He also enjoined them to reach out to the Command through the control room number 08081770416 whenever they are in distress.