Six suspected members of cult groups based in Lagos and Ogun States have been arrested by Ogun State Police Command while fighting over the purchase of a locally-made pistol in the state.
They were reportedly nabbed at Odogbolu area on November 27, 2020.
According to a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Aboyeji Oluwadamilare, of Isiwu, Ikorodu; Adebiyi Mathew of Aleke Ikorodu; Jacob Solomon of Aleke, Ikorodu; Iliasu Jubril of Isiwu Ikorodu; Olubanjo Segun of Odo Iselu, Odogbolu and Samuel Olaniyan of Odo-Iselu, Odogbolu.
Giving an insight on the suspects’ arrest, the PPRO said that four of them, based in Ikorodu, Lagos, came to meet the two Odogbolu-based suspects to foment trouble, “as a result of the gun transaction between the two groups.
“Investigation revealed that the Ikorodu-based suspects contracted Samuel Olaniyan to purchase a locally-made pistol for them.
“When the gun was delivered to them, they discovered that the pistol was not serviceable; hence their coming with full force to deal with the Odogbolu-based cultists, for betraying their trust.”
Oyeyemi stated further that as the pandemonium was going on, a distress call was made to Odogbolu police station, which made the Divisional Police Officer in charge, SP Awoniyi Adekunle to lead some policemen to the scene.
This, he added, led to the arrest of all the suspects.
Recovered from the cultists were a locally-made pistol and two live cartridges.
The PPRO said that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward A. Ajogun had directed that the suspects and exhibits be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.