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Notorious cultists engage policemen in gun battle

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command are currently investigating three notorious members of Aiye cult group who have been terrorising different parts of Abeokuta in recent times.

The suspects identified as Jonathan Oshinalu, Kola Bolugbe, and Jimoh Aliu a.k.a Alaayan were arrested following an intelligent report received by SWAT Operatives that a notorious cult leader simply known as “Ben” who had been involved in several cult clashes leading to the killing of not less than five persons was holding a nocturnal meeting with his group at Ogun radio, mile 2 area of Lafenwa Abeokuta, for the purpose of launching another attack in some parts of the metropolis.

Sequel to the report, the SWAT team, in conjunction with men of Lafenwa and Ilupeju divisions moved to the area. On sighting the Policemen, Ben and his deadly group engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, the said Ben escaped with bullet wounds while three amongst them were apprehended.

Confirming their arrest, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command said the “hoodlums during the attack destroyed the patrol vehicle of Lafenwa division before they were subdued by the superior firepower of the police.” An unregistered Lexus 330 car they used for their operations was also recovered by the SWAT team.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has directed a massive manhunt for the escaped gang leader and other members of his group.

The CP also ordered a discreet investigation into the activities of the arrested hoodlums with the view of arraigning them in court as soon as possible.

Recall that last week the Lagos State Police Command arrested four members of rival cult groups over nefarious and criminal activities. The cultists were nabbed in Badagry area of the state for plaguing members of the community.

The state police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin noted that the arrest of the suspects followed a painstaking week-long investigation into incessant complaints of cult-related disturbances and killings in Badagry.

The suspects: Gbenga Fransisco Olanrenwaju (aka Gbengene), 40; Asokere Segun (aka Seriki), 36; Adediran Ibrahim (aka Kush), 23; and Jimoh Sodiq (aka Irawo), 27; were arrested in various parts of Badagry Lagos State in an operation that lasted days.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspects belong to Eiye and Aiye confraternities.
Nigeriacrime.com

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