Cultism, Murder: Police parade 40 suspects in Abeokuta


No fewer than 40 suspects were paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday for various crimes such as cultism, murder, and armed robbery.

“The suspects were apprehended both within and outside the state,” stated Olanrewaju Oladimeji, the state Commissioner of Police, while addressing journalists at the police command headquarters in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“We have arrested Michael Bob, Abdul Omotoyosi, and Adeshina Idris for conspiracy, armed robbery, and stealing,” Commissioner Oladimeji said.

“These suspects were apprehended in Mushin, Lagos State, and during the operation, we recovered a stolen Toyota car,” he added.

Among the paraded suspects, Commissioner Oladimeji mentioned Austin Omoh, who was allegedly involved in an armed robbery incident in the state. “He was arrested in Maroko, Lagos State, and a stolen Toyota Sequoia SUV with number plate AAA 631 HX was recovered from him,” he informed the journalists.

Providing further details, the police boss revealed that Wasiu Odubote was arrested for shop breaking and stealing in Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode. “Odubote and his gang members broke into a spare parts shop on Old Ondo Road,” Commissioner Oladimeji explained.

“The timely intervention of the Divisional Police Officer and his team led to his arrest, although some gang members managed to escape. We have recovered a tricycle with number plate GBE 144VX as evidence.”

Rhe police chief also presented Adedapo Taiwo, Arogundade Idowu, Noah Jogunom, and James Abiodun to the public. These individuals were arrested in Kobape, Abeokuta, for allegedly planning to disrupt the inauguration of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun’s second term. “The suspects were found in possession of a Barreta pistol, live ammunition, and charms,” he disclosed.

Moving on, Commissioner Oladimeji said, “In Atan-Ijebu, four suspects identified as Onasanya Opeoluwa, Friday Daniel, Otuneye Samuel, and Ayanbade Owolabi were arrested for their involvement in cultism.”

He added, “The police recovered a locally-made double-barrel gun, a locally-made short gun, an axe, a dagger, a jack knife, and substances suspected to be Indian hemp.

“In the same vein, the police also apprehended Akindele Femi, Abodurin Afeez, and Ishola Ayorinde for their affiliation with different cult groups and engagement in criminal activities.”

The police didn’t stop there. Sulaiman Ajagunjeun and Opeyemi Adesegun were arrested in Itoko for their alleged involvement in cult-related fights. “They have confessed to being members of the Aiye confraternity,” Commissioner Oladimeji declared.

Addressing the rising cases of cultism in the state, Commissioner Oladimeji assured the public, “The command will always go after the suspects.”


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