Three Cultists Arrested For Forcefully Initiating Members

A map of Ogun State

 

Three members of a cult group have been arrested in Ogun State for forcing an unwilling person to join their cult group.

The suspects according to a statement signed Saturday by the spokesperson, Ogun State Police Command Abimbola Oyeyemi were arrested on Thursday, July 8, following a report lodged at Igbesa divisional headquarters.

Celestine Oyebuchi reported to the police that he was abducted by the trio of Williams Omoori a.k.a Tension, Edet Godswill, and Emmanuel Dimgba, and taken to an uncompleted building and was tortured and forced to join their confraternity.

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“He stated further that, the suspects after torturing him, gave him blood to drink as a sign of initiation.

“Upon the report, the DPO Igbesa division, SP Abayomi Adeniji, quickly mobilized his men and went after the suspects. They were subsequently apprehended at their hideout within Igbesa community,” the police statement read in part.

Oyeyemi added that the three suspects confessed been members of Supreme Vikens confraternity.

“They confessed further that they were looking for more members to join them which led them to the abduction of the complainant who may not want to join them through persuasion.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to anti-cultist section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.

Nine Suspected Cultists Nabbed During Supremacy Battle In Ogun

The suspects being paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on May 26, 2021. Credit: Police

 

 

Nine suspected cultists have been arrested during what the police say was a supremacy battle in the Ajegunle area of Ibogun, Ogun State.

The clash was between members of the Eiye and Alaro confraternities, according to the Spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

“While the clash was going on, a distress call was made to the Police Divisional Headquarters in Ibogun, and the DPO, CSP Samuel Oladele, quickly led his men to the scene,” a statement by the Oyeyemi read in part.

“On sighting policemen, the cultists, who had already inflicted serious injuries on the chest of one member of Alora group, ran away with their injured colleagues, while police successfully apprehended the nine suspects.”

Those arrested are Sodiq Olabisi, Oluwatosin Andrew, Oladimeji Oyedele, Wasiu Raheem, Oyedokun Lekan, Yusuf Ajetunmobi, Busari Taoreed, Bolaji Raphael and Salami Toheeb.

A cutlass, five knives, two axes, five phone batteries and N4,000 were among items the police said they seized from the suspects.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultists Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation.

He also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing members of the group.

Police Storm Initiation Ground, Arrest Five Suspected Cultists

A photo released by the police on April 25, 2021, shows the suspected cultists arrested in Ekiti State.

 

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested five suspected cultists who claimed to be students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU).

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, noted that the arrest was made during an initiation ceremony held in a bush behind the school campus.

He explained that the Police Rapid Response Team acted on a tip-off and burst into the initiation venue to stall the exercise.

Those arrested were Adeyeye Adeyemi (29), Adeyemi Tobi (25), Moyosore Onajobi (22), Dickson Godwin (23), and Olowosaye Martins (21).

“The information was received by the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ekiti State Command, that some members of the Black Axe (Aiye) secret confraternity were holding an initiation rite inside a bush behind the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Campus, Iworoko-Ekiti,” the statement said.

On sighting the police team, the command’s spokesman said the suspects shot sporadically but later bowed to the superior power of the security operatives, leading to the arrest of five of them while others took to their heels and escaped.

“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of the RRS Operatives, in synergy with the police personnel attached to Iworoko Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and stormed the bush where the suspected cultists shot sporadically on sighting the police,” the statement added.

Items recovered from the scene included a small-sized locally made pistol, two expended cartridges, a gallon containing liquid drug, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, and two motorcycles.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Tunde Mobayo, ordered a thorough investigation of the arrested suspects and asked the security operatives to ensure they apprehend the fleeing suspects.

According to him, the police will not give cult activities a breathing space in the face of other security challenges currently bedevilling the country.

Last week, about eight people were killed and many injured in Ikere Ekiti when two rival cult groups clashed.

Police confirmed the arrest of about 50 suspects in connection with the incident.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Cultists In Abuja

 

Police in the nation’s capital have arrested seventeen suspects for cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis.

The command’s spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement explained that the suspects were arrested by the anti-cultism unit during raids and patrols between April 5 to 9th, 2021.

Mrs. Yusuf says the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorizing the stipulated areas.

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Locally made pistols, live ammunition, cartridges, knives chains, axes, cutlasses, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, and charms were recovered from the suspects.

The police spokesperson stated that all the suspects will be arraigned in court after an investigation has been concluded.

She appealed to residents, urging them to report all suspicious activities to the police.

Police Arraign 60 Suspected Cultists In Lagos

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, speaks to journalists at the Lagos State Police command in Lagos on March 1, 2021.

 

The police authorities in Lagos State on Wednesday arraigned 60 suspected cultists before a magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of the state.

The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo under the new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.

This comes 15 days after the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed the anti-cultism bill into law.

The new law, “Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021” seeks to combat cultism in Lagos State by giving stiffer punishments to convicted cultists and those abetting them.

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It prescribes a 21-year jail term for convicted cultists and a 15-year jail time for those found guilty of abetting cultism & cultists.

In the charge sheet signed by SP Yetunde Cardoso, the Officer in Charge of Legal, Lagos State Police Command, the majority of those arraigned today were arrested in Ikorodu between February and March on allegations of belonging to the Aiye cult and other unlawful societies.

Some of them were also charged with being in possession of arms and causing a breach of the peace.

Twelve of the 60 were also charged with conspiracy and the murder of one John Anibaba contrary to S222(1) Criminal Law of Lagos.

We Will Go After Cultists In Ajah, Lekki – Lagos Police

Lagos police chief Hakeem Odumosu looks at protesters campaigning against abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at the Lekki toll Plaza in Lagos, on October 12, 2020. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

 

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu on Saturday vowed to take the anti-crime fight of the command to the dens of hoodlums and criminals in Lekki and Ajah areas of the state.

The Commissioner made the vow during a meeting with some Stakeholders at the Command Headquarters Ikeja.

According to a statement signed by police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Commissioner said the police will lay emphasis on “identifying and raiding the dens of the bad boys who have been terrorising the good people of Lekki, Ajah, Badore, Sangotedo, Elemoro, Ibeju-Lekk, Akodo etc.”

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While addressing the security issues in the state, particularly in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state, Odumosu confirmed the arrest of some suspected cultists at Imalete Alafia, Ibeju Lekki of the state by police operatives attached to Elemoro Division on Saturday.

The suspects are Joshua Ubokuho, Emmanuel Yusuf and Adewale Hammed.

They were arrested with some charms and weapons including two cutlasses marked “zero 4” which is the mark on the suspects. This mark has been subjected to investigation in order to get more information about the suspects and their group. The police have also recovered their operational bus.

In the same vein, CP Hakeem Odumosu scheduled a meeting with the Area Commaders and Divisional Police Officers for Tuesday at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja, to review the Anti Crime Strategies of the command with a view to solidifying the security architecture of Lagos State.

He also ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, to take over the suspects and ensure their quick trial and the prosecution of other cases under investigation at the CID Panti as the command has a duty to maintain law and order and public safety in the state.

15 Suspected Robbers, Cultists Arrested In Lagos

The suspects being paraded by the Lagos State Police Command on December 29, 2020.

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 15 suspected robbers and cultists at strategic locations in the Ikorodu and Lekki/Ajah areas of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed this via a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the suspects include Segun Ariyo, Kazeem Akinpelu, Ibrahim Oni, Tobi Awoyefa, Yusuf Okunlowo, Oyesanya Damola, Bola Hassan, Toheeb Adesina, Hassan Ashiru, Onafowokan Michael, Folahan Adeola, Damilola Adeola, and Julius Ihara.

“On 28/12/2020 at about 4 am, while responding to a distress call from Agunfoye area of Ikorodu, the Police Surveillance team attached to Ikorodu Division of the Command arrested one Taiye Lasisi ‘m’, 20, of Agunfoye, with a locally made Revolver pistol,” the statement read.

“After his arrest, a search was extended to other black spots in the area where 13 (thirteen) other suspected cultists belonging to Aiye Confraternity were arrested.”

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include eight i-phones, two Techno phones, one Nokia phone, three bags, one black belt, one White handkerchief containing four lighters, one black Nylon, local Charms, some expended and live ammunition, and two black 25-liter kegs containing sketches.

Similarly, the Police operatives in Akodo Division, on 28th December 2020, at about 4 am, arrested one suspected cultist, Lekan Razak,m, 20, while attempting to rob at No. 25, Ibomide Street, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. The suspect, who has confessed to be a member of Eiye Confraternity, was arrested with a locally-made pistol with some live cartridges.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba for discreet investigation.

Army Arrests 27 Suspected Cultists In Plateau

The suspects being paraded in Jos on November 21, 2020.

 

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven has arrested 27 suspects after conducting series of raid operations on criminals and cultists hideouts in Jos, the state capital.

Parading the suspects at the Operation Safe Haven Headquarters in Jos, the Commander of the Task Force, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the suspects were arrested at various locations within the metropolis where the activities of cultists have been on the rise in recent times.

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Those apprehended included six females and their associates from peoples and Tripple Hotels in Apata area, Westside, Rukuba road, Jenta Adamu and Jenta Miango areas.

Items recovered in the course of the raid included three locally fabricated pistols, knives, machetes and some ammunition.

Similarly, number of drug barons were also arrested but have handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.

Five Suspected Cultists Arrested With Human Skulls In Cross River

 

Five suspects have been arrested with human skulls in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.

They were arrested and paraded at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the south-south region of the country.

Speaking during a press conference in Calabar on Friday, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Danjuma Elisha, said the suspects were apprehended following a raid on a compound in Ogoja area.

“This is a case of suspected cultism, ritualists in Ogoja Local Government Area. They were found with all the items they used in their activities.

“We raided the place because it is a compound. Eventually, four of them were found to be the people involved. So we are targeting them this time for the public to see,” he said.

Some of the suspects paraded by the NSCDC in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

 

When asked on the command’s response in tackling the menace of cultism in the state, Elisha said the NSCDC, police and other security agencies were doing their best.

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He, however, revealed that the state government has taken decisive actions by demolishing houses suspected to be linked to cultists and their leaders, adding that security agencies have been supporting efforts of the government.

He said the suspects will be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, said the State Police Command will continue to strengthen the security situation in the state.

The police boss also warned that those caught in criminal acts must be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Suspected Cultists Arrested For Killing OPC Member In Ogun

 

Operatives of Ogun State police command have arrested two members of a deadly cult group who assassinated one Kolawole Ajomale a member of Oodua People’s Congress on the 5th of April 2020 in Ijebu-Igbo.

The suspects Korede Pariosho and Jide Afolabi were arrested on the 7th of April following an intelligence-based investigation embarked upon by the detectives at Ijebu-Igbo division led by DPO Sp Kazeem Solotan.

According to a statement by the state command’s spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the duo were arrested at their hideout and the gun they used to kill the victim was also recovered.

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The hoodlums had on 5th of April 2020 attacked their victim in his house situated at No.20 Odo Balogun Street Oke Sapen, in Ijbeu-Igbo where the deceased was shot in the head and stomach, right before his pregnant wife, consequent upon which the victim died on the spot.

Since then, police have been on the trail of the cultists till they were finally apprehended.

On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to killing the deceased, claiming to have carried out the murder in revenge of the death of one member of their cult group whom they alleged was killed by OPC men in 2017.

They further confessed to have vowed since then that any member of OPC seen will be killed in vengeance of the death of their late colleague.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation and prosecution.

Police Arrest 25 Suspected Cultists In Lagos

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A file photo of suspects paraded by the police.

 

 

Operatives of Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit have arrested 25 suspected cultists in the Ijora, Mushin, and Bariga areas of Lagos State.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, a copy of which was forwarded to Channels Television.

According to him, the team of security operatives arrested one Olaitan Rilwan on Saturday last week at the Ijora roundabout.

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Elkana noted that the 20-year-old suspect, who confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity, was intercepted with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag.

He explained that in follow-up operations at Bariga, one 23-year-old Mustapha Oseni and 22 others were also arrested.

In a related development, also on Saturday, operatives from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested another suspect along Gaskiya Road in the Mushin area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer said one locally-made pistol with eight rounds of live cartridges was recovered from him.

He added that all the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

Police Arrest Suspected Leader Of Cult Group, 20 Others In Ikorodu

 

The Lagos State Police have arrested the leader of a notorious cult group in the Ikorodu area of the state along with 20 others.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday.

According to him, the arrest was made after the Force received a distress call that some cultists from two rival groups engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu Palace and Solomade area of Ikorodu.

Subsequently, the Command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams were promptly deployed to the scene where the leader of the gang, Yusuf Omidele, popularly known as General, who according to them had been on the wanted list, was arrested.

He was arrested alongside 20 other suspects, while four locally made pistols, eight machetes and three daggers were recovered.

According to the Police, General had been charged to court on several occasions and sentenced to prison.

He completed his last sentence in 2014 and has become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity, the statement said.

He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confratanity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago.

The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies.

Elkana, however, noted that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu (mni), later on met with traditional rulers, religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents, youths and other stakeholders in the area.

The meeting according to the police, was aimed at discussing lasting solutions to the cultism and other criminal activities by the youths, as the menace has been on the rise especially in the area.