A notorious cultist/murder suspect Owolabi Oludipe a.k.a Somori was on Sunday shot dead while he and his gang engaged police from Odogbolu division in gun battle.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday .
Oyeyemi noted that the suspect, who had been on the wanted list of the command was sighted at Ita-Ado area of Odogbolu where he and his fellow Aiye cult group were planning another attack in the community.
He added that a distress call was made to the DPO Odogbolu division, who mobilized his men and moved to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the gang engaged them in a shoot out, consequence upon which their leader “Somori” was shot and injured; while others escaped into the bush with their operational weapons.
“The suspect was quickly taken to hospital, but died while receiving treatment.
“The deceased had been on wanted list of the command in connection with killings of one Runsewe Segun a Civil Defense Officer who was murdered in cold blood on the 14th of November 2020 and one Sunday Kayode Adegbuyi who was also killed on the 16th of February 2020.
” He was also responsible for the killing of a rival Eiye cult group leader by name Shoyombo Sanyaolu Fakoya on the 11th of November 2020 during a supremacy battle between the two groups.
“He confessed to all the killings on the hospital bed before he gave up the ghost.
“Recovered from him are assorted charms which he wore all over his body, two live cartridges and a mobile phone.
“It will be recalled that another notorious serial killer terrorising Ijebu Ode and its environs had earlier been neutralized by operatives of the command early last month in similar circumstance,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun had ordered that efforts should be intensified to apprehend the rest of the gang members.
He also directed 24hrs surveillance of the town and its environs in order to checkmate the activities of hoodlums in the area.
He therefore reiterated that the battle against cultists in the state would be a continuous exercise until cultism and other vices were stamped out in all parts of the state.