About 19 people suspected to be members of different cult groups have been arrested by the police in Ogun State in connection with the recent cult clashes.
The clashes have left eight persons dead in the Sagamu area of the State.
Police Public Relations Officer in state, Omolola Odutola said this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.
Odutola 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.
She 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 an 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