By Nudoiba Ojen
The police in Ogun State have arrested four suspects over the clash between two rival cults – Aiye and Eiye – in the Sagamu area which resulted in the killing of some persons.
Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, named the individuals arrested as Asaiye Omolaja, Azeez Nofiu, Mathew Adewale and Bolaji Ogunkemaya.
The PPRO said, “It is worth noting that Bolaji Ogunkemaya was found with the four deceased persons in the same room where the killings occurred. One individual, Wasiu, managed to escape before the authorities arrived”.
According to the police, “On September 17th, 2023, the Ogun State Police Command in Sagamu conducted a successful raid led by ACP Shehu Alao in collaboration with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria. The operation was carried out in response to a report of a clash between two rival cult groups, namely Aiye and Eiye, resulting in the death of four individuals at Ewu Iya Sunday in Sakura.
“Upon receiving the information, the Area Commander swiftly mobilized more personnel to the scene in order to prevent the clash from escalating and to apprehend the cultists involved.
“As a result, seven suspected cultists were arrested, and further investigations led to the recovery of a firearm, three live cartridges, and a criminal charm.
“During the raid, Bolaji Ogunkemaya provided critical information, stating that their leader, known as Azubuike aka Better, had been arrested by the Area Commander a fortnight ago”.
Odutola said, “To address the alarming rise in cult-related violence, the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha, visited Sagamu on the morning of September 18th to assess the situation firsthand and profile all the suspects apprehended”.
The PPRO stated, “The CP sternly warns all cultists in Ogun State that their activities will no longer be tolerated. He has declared a zero-tolerance policy towards senseless killings and vows that none of these cultists will go unpunished”.