40 suspected criminals, who were arrested from different parts of the State have been paraded by the Ogun State Police Command.
Nigeriacrime.com gathered that among those paraded were 39 members of different cult groups and one armed robber
One of the suspects, who was identified as Ayinde Musibau was a member of an armed robbery syndicate that was arrested following a failed robbery operation at a village in the neighbourhood of Ifo in Ifo local government area of the state, where his gang macheted a commercial motorcyclist before fleeing the area.
Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Commissioner of Police, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, said the arrest of the hoodlums was the continuation of the command’s clampdown on cultists, who have been terrorising different parts of the state, including Sagamu, Odogbolu, Ode-Lemo and Abeokuta.
Olanrewaju explained that his commands resolved to take the battle against cultism in the State to the doorsteps of the cultists that have been unleashing reigns of terror as a result of supremacy battles amongst them started yielding desired results.
“Having identified their various hideouts in Sagamu, Odogbolu, Ode – Lemo and some other areas, the anti-Cultism team in collaboration with other tactical teams and divisional police operatives launched a serious offensive operation against them and the result is what we are seeing today”.
The Police Commissioner added that not less than 24 suspected secret cult members earlier arrested across the state have been charged to court within the past week.
While warning parents and guardians to prevail on their wards on the need to desist from engaging in acts capable of undermining the security of the state, Olanrewaju however, declared that operatives of his command are determined to rid the state of cultism and other social vices “as an organization saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and properties”.
Items recovered from the hoodlums included: locally made guns, axes, double barrelled guns, bags of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, live cartridges, dagger and cutlasses among other locally manufactured weapons.