Suspected cultists held in Ogun over shooting of teenager

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The Ogun police command has arrested eight members of a dreaded cult group, Black Axe , also known as Aiye for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old boy, Onome Iduru, while mourning one of their members who died recently.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta on Sunday in a statement.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on September 24.

He said the cultists were arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo police station where the victim was rushed to after being shot in the stomach by the cultists who were in procession in honour of their departed colleague.

The statement indicated, “The cultists after shooting the victim dispossessed him of phone and also went ahead to unleash terror in the community.

“Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Muhammed Suleiman Baba, led his men to the scene where eight members of the violent group were arrested after serious encounter with the policemen.

“They are : Olatunji Opeyemi m’ 26, Ayuba Oduola m’ 25, Sobowale Abiodun m’ 28, Sobowale Sunday m’ 25, Adelowo Olalekan m’ 32, Kareem Lanre m’ 21, Emmanuel Adebisi m’ 21 and Tobiloba Wasiu m’ 20 yrs .

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

The state Commissioner of Police , Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

The CP had warned that any group or individual who engaged in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state would be dealt with in a very decisive manner.

He appealed to parents and guardians to warm their children and wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results might be catastrophic.

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