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Police Arrest 19 Suspects Over Sagamu Cult Clashes

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 19 persons suspected to be members of different cult groups, the suspects were arrested in connection with the recent cult clashes that left eight persons dead in Sagamu area of the State.

Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, revealed this in a statement made available to journalist on Monday.

The State’s PPRO said the suspects were arrested at different locations in the Sagamu area of the state through a combined effort of various formations of the police force.

Odutola stated that during the operation, a suspected kingpin of the Eiye Confraternity, Ogunnibi Hammed, who was allegedly responsible for attacks against rival cult groups in the state was also arrested.

The statement read in part, “On the 24th of September 2023, a successful tactical operation carried out by the Ogun State Police Command led to the arrest of Ogunnibi Hammed, the kingpin of the Eiye Confraternity. This notorious cultist has been widely known for his involvement in gruesome attacks against rival cult groups in Ogun State.

“The operation was a result of a combined effort between the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the Anti-Cultism Unit (AKU), and the Obalende Division of the police force. Acting on intercepted information, the operation targeted the suspected cultists who had been causing terror in various areas including Odogbolu, Sagamu, Ijebu Ode, and Ilishan.

“Among those apprehended were Sodipo Azeez, also known as Bintobo, Ilori Gbenga, Lamina Yusuf, Kolawole Rasaq, Adelaja Otusanya, Adeyemi Soneye, Oseni Toheeb, Thank God Naba, Lekan Qudus, Adelusi Omotayo, Timothy Monday AYOMIDE Ishmael, Oboje Jeremiah, Ayoola Oladayo, Jacob Chidi, John Innocent, Ayangbile Victor, and Jacob Sunday. All of these individuals have confessed to being active members of different cult groups.”

She noted that the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered immediate investigation of the individuals arrested while assuring that the public will be duly informed of further development on the case.

“The Commissioner of Police (CP) is informed about the arrests and has ordered an immediate investigation into the individuals apprehended. As the investigation progresses, the police will provide updates to the public regarding any relevant developments in this case,” Odutola concluded.

It was reported that the state police Command, in conjunction with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria on September 19, 2023 arrested seven suspected cultists and also recovered firearms, three live cartridges and criminal charms in connection with the cult clashes in Sagamu.

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.

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