Ogun State Police Command has arrested 19 suspected cultists who allegedly engaged in armed robbery and sundry criminal activities.
Spokesman for the command, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement that they were arrested in separate raids in Ifo and Sango Ota.
It reads: “In the wake of crisis that broke out in Ifo local government area of Ogun state as a result of supremacy battle between two rival cult group which has metamorphosised into robbery and other criminal activities, the state police command in a bid to nip the … crisis at its bud deployed large number of policemen comprises of SARS, anti cultist unit, anti kidnapping unit as well as conventional policemen drawn from all adjoining police stations in the area under the command of the Area Commander, ACP Monday Agbonika to restore … normalcy and bring the hoodlums to book.
In compliance with the directives of the commissioner of police, the teams moved into the area and embarked on aggressive and intelligence based patrol of the entire area of Ifo, Owode ijako, joju, ijoko and Agbado area.
“Earlier, ten of the hoodlums have been picked up at various locations in Ifo, kajola and Ososun areas of Ifo local government by SARS operatives.
“Meanwhile, the commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered that all the arrested suspects be transferred to special anti robbery squads SARS for discreet investigation.
“He equally ordered the continuation of the operation until the last of the hoodlums is arrested.
“He also enjoined them to reach out to the command through the control room number 08081770416 whenever they are in distress..”