The Ogun police command says its operatives on Sunday arrested three persons for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and forcefully initiating her into a cult group in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement by Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun police spokesman.
Oyeyemi said the suspects, identified as Daniel Njoku, Damilare Ogundiran, and Adebayo Olamilekan, were arrested after receiving a report lodged at Ajuwon police divisional headquarters by the victim’s mother.
According to the statement, the mother of the victim said she sent her 15-year-old daughter on an errand, after which one of the suspects forcefully took her to a hideout.
Oyeyemi said the suspects threatened to kill her daughter if she reported the incident to anyone.
“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Ajuwon Division, SP Andrew Akinseye, detailed his detectives to go after the hoodlums,” the statement reads.
“The team, acting on credible intelligence, located the hideout of the group at Akute Odo area, stormed the place and succeeded in arresting three members of the gang.
“They confessed to the commission of the crime, and informed the police that they were desperately looking for more members to join their group, especially female members, and this prompted them to do what they did.”
Lanre Bankole, commissioner of police in the state, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-cult section of the state criminal investigation department (CID) for further investigation.