Police operatives have swooped in on suspected cultists in Ogun State while they were carrying out their initiation activities.
About 23 suspects, have been arrested by operatives of Awa-Ijebu Police Division in Ogun State during cult initiation on Wednesday, October 31.
It was gathered that the suspects left their various locations of Ijebu-Igbo, Ago-Iwoye and Oru-Ijebu and converged in Ilaporu for the initiation.
It was further learnt that, no sooner had they commenced their activities than the operatives swooped on them.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a press statement made available to Crimepuzzle, saying that the prompt clampdown on the suspects was a well articulated, decisive measure that saved the area from the attendant mayhem that would have thrown the community into disarray.
According to the PPRO, “if they had succeeded in their bid to initiate the new members, they would have unleashed mayhem in the town as a sign of admitting new members.
“As soon as they gathered there, policemen attached to Awa-Ijebu Division, through technical and human intelligence gathering, got wind of the unlawful assembly consequent upon which, the DPO, Awa-Ijebu, SP Olu Monday, led his Anti-Robbery team to the scene where 23 members of the group were arrested”, the PPRO said.
The State police spokesman gave the names of the suspects as: Samson Oyetusi, Bankole Tunde, Akorede Samson, Dapo Kukoyi, Onafeko Toheeb, Afolabi Wasiu, Adedimeji Mathew, Arewa Samson and Akintunde Olasukanmi.
Others were Okejimi Oluyole, Oladeji Akeem, Azeez Adebayo, Awokoya Kudus, Azeez Seun, Oseni Wasiu, Popoola Sunday, Awojole Bolaji, Yusuf Seyi, Bamidele Adeboye, Jibola Balogun, Tomisin Isaac, Adeshina Seye, and Adebayo Adewale .
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Anti-Cultist and Kidnapping Section for proper investigation and prosecution.