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Police arrest 25 suspected cultists during initiation in Ogun

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The police command in Ogun on Wednesday  paraded 25 suspected members of the dreaded buccaneer cult group who were arrested during an initiation ceremony in Abeokuta.

Parading the suspects before newsmen  at the Command’s Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun disclosed that the suspects were arrested along side three herbalists who conducted the initiation.

OgunToday reports that the suspects were among 59 others paraded for rape, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, fraud among others.

The commissioner said the cultists were arrested following intelligence report that some cultists were planning to unleash mayhem on members of the public after conducting an initiation rite for new members in Ita-Oshin area of Abeokuta.

He disclosed that the police recovered battle axes, cutlasses, weed, suspected to be Indian hemp and regalia of their group.

The police boss also paraded three murder suspects for allegedly beating a 23-year-old man, Samuel Ajibade to death over alleged phone theft.

Ajogun said the suspects pounced on the victim and beat him to death for allegedly stealing two mobile phones belonging to one of them.

The police also paraded one Tunde Bello, a taxi driver who allegedly abducted and raped a 29-year-old lady (name withheld).

According to Ajogun, the suspect abducted the victim while on her way to work last September and collected N140,000 before she was released.

Also paraded was a suspected fraudster, Daudu James who according to the commissioner specialised in swapping ATM cards of unsuspecting victims and siphoning money from their accounts.

“The suspect had succeeded in swapping ATM cards of two persons and siphoned the sum of N40,000 and N55,000 from the victims.

“He however ran out of luck when one of his victims sighted him in another bank trying to swap another person’s ATM card. The victim raised alarm and he was promptly arrested,”  Ajogun said.

The police boss disclosed that the suspect was arrested with 17 different ATM cards.

The commissioner warned criminals to relocate from the state, saying the police would continue to ensure that no part of the state is conducive for criminals.

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