By Olamide Abey
Ogun Police command on Wednesday said it had arrested no fewer than 70 suspected criminals across the state while 15 pump action guns was also recovered.
Also recovered were 14 cut to size and locally made pistols, several life cartridges and five different cars and trucks.
The suspects which included 31 cultists were paraded for offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching, amongst others.
According to the Police, the cultists were caught in the act while doing initiation at an hotel in Okeyidi area of Abeokuta.
28 suspects were also arrested for armed robbery; two arrested for ritualism while four others were arrested for kidnapping.
Parading the suspects at the Command’s headquarter in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said the arrests were made due to proactive nature of the command.
The Commissioner said the suspects arrested through an operation tagged ‘criminal mop up’ were apprehended from different areas of the state.
Iliyasu said three dismissed soldiers; Abiona Ipayen, Afolabi Olawale and Moses Ayodeji, who were responsible for various car snatching incidences in the state were arrested in Sango Ota after investigation.
According to him, one toy gun; one jack knife and Nigerian Army uniform were recovered from them.
Also paraded were Jimoh Olanrewaju and Seun Babatunde who, according to the police commissioner, were arrested for selling human parts to interested buyers.
Iliyasu said they were arrested at the popular Muslim burial ground in Lantoro area of the state capital with assorted charms adding that they had since confessed using human parts to prepare charms.
“Upon technical intelligence gathering, operatives from FSARS arrested a cemetery attendants whose stock in trade is removing corpse from burial ground, dismembered it and sell the parts to interested buyers,” he said.
The Police boss who thanked members of the community explained that the success wouldn’t be possible without credible information from the public.
He maintained that the Command was ready to ensure safety during the ’ember’ months which traditionally is the peak of criminal activities.