The Ogun State Police Command has warned suspected cultists, other criminals and their sponsors that anybody caught involved in criminal act risk toying with his life, as the police will henceforth engaged them in fire for fire.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun gave this warning while parading eleven suspected cultists reportedly terrorising Ijebu-Ode town and its environs in recent times.
The police boss who condemned their reign of terror, added that such must stop, as this would not be allowed to taint the image of the state.
He said, “We are going to make it hot for criminals. Ijebu-Ode is not the only town in the state. Ijebu-Ode will not be allowed to rubbish image of the state. In the last one month, Ijebu-Ode has been enmesh with cultism, resulting in death, maiming and making life unbearable for residents.”
Ajogun stated that investigation revealed that, the cultists have now introduced guerrilla tactics to their mode of operation, under the guise of power tussle among various cult groups.
He added, “I am sounding a note of warning to all leaders, rank and file members, politicians and councilors among others, that the command is all out for you now, we are determined and battle ready. Let me warn henceforth, any person found with weapons to maim, kill and attempt to kill, will be dealt with decisively.
“It is going to be fire for fire. Sponsors will not be spared and left out. If I as the Commissioner of Police is found as sponsor of cultism, I should be prosecuted. All hands must be on deck, including community leaders to fight the menace.”
After parading the suspects, who will be arraign in court on completion of investigation, the commissioner held meeting with the various stakeholders in the town on how best way to put an end to crimes in the town and environs.