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Police arrest 8 cultists for shooting teenager during burial procession

Joy Anyim

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested eight alleged members of Black Axe Confraternity, a.k.a Aiye cult group in connection with the shooting of a16-year-old boy during a burial procession in Ogijo, Ogun State.

It was gathered that the arrested suspects had gathered to honour  a member, who was killed during a fracas at the Ogijo area of the state.

The group allegedly took over the area, unleashing mayhem on innocent members of the public ahead of the burial of the deceased, resulting in the shooting of the victim, , Onome Iduru.

The incident tok place on September 24.

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According to the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi,  reports about the activity of the cultists reached the Ogijo Police Division after members of the confraternity had shot Iduru.

He said: “Iduru was rushed to the division after he was shot in the stomach by the cultists, who were in procession in honour of their departed colleague.

“The cultists, after shooting the victim, dispossessed him of phone and also went ahead to unleash terror on members of the community. Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ogijo Division, Muhammed Suleiman Baba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), led his men to the scene where eight members of the violent group were arressted. ”

Oyeyemi identified the suspects, as Olatunji Opeyemi, 26; Ayuba Oduola, 25; Sobowale Abiodun, 28; Sobowale Sunday, 25; Adelowo Olalekan, 32; Kareem Lanre, 21; Emmanuel Adebisi, 21, and Tobiloba Wasiu, 20.

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The PPRO also revealed that the gang engaged the police in a gun battle before eight of them were arrested, while the others fled.

“A banner designed with the group’s insignia to announce the death of their member was recovered from them while the injured victim was taken to Oladayo Hospital for medical attention, ” he added.

Oyeyemi further stated that the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Edward Awolowo Ajogun, had ordered the transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), for further investigation.

“The CP  has warned that any group or individual who engaged in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state will be dealt with decisively.  He  also appealed to parents to warn their wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results may be catastrophic,” the police spokesperson said.