The Ogun State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of eight suspects believed to be members of Black Axe Confraternity and Supreme Eiye Confraternity in Ijebu Igbo as the law enforcement agency step up efforts to contain the cult-related killings, which has claimed many lives in the town.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “Following a bloody cult clash between two rival groups which left one person dead on Wednesday night, eight principal suspects who are members of Aiye and Eiye confraternity have been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command.
“The suspects were picked up at their hideouts where they were holding meetings in preparation for another deadly clash. Immediately the report of the clash got to the notice of the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, he directed the Special Units of the Command such as FSARS and Anti Cultist/Kidnapping sections to move in and bring the hoodlums to Justice.
“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the Officer-in-charge of FSARS, Dsp Uba Adam, swung into action, and embarked on technical intelligence based investigation. Their efforts paid off when the hideout of the hoodlums was discovered. They stormed the place and got eight of them arrested with various types of dangerous arms and ammunition.
“The arrested cultists are: Muyiwa Talabi ‘m’, Tunde Adeyemi ‘m’, Korede Pariosho ‘m’, Dayo Johnson ‘m’, Segun Saka ‘m’, Niyi Adeshina ‘m’, Micheal Oluwaseun ‘m’, and Afolabi Ismail ‘m’. It was discovered that the duo of Muyiwa Talabi and Niyi Adeshina who are strong members of Aye group were the ones who hacked the victim of Wednesday clash to death.
“Their co-accomplice who also played prominent role was traced to his house by the rival group and hacked to death early this morning before Police got to his house for the purpose of arresting him. Recovered from them are two pump action guns, four locally made double barrel pistols, eleven live cartridges and assorted charms.”
Oyeyemi explained that Iliyasu has already directed all the special units of the state Police Command “to go all out after the perpetrators of the dastardly act with the view of bringing them all to justice as well as their sponsors no matter how highly placed they may be.”