By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Men of Ogun state police command said they have arrested five dreaded cultists who have been on the wanted list of the command in their hideout along Molipa road ijebu ode while planning another violent attack.
The alleged dreaded cultists are Segun Olabiyi aka Koleje, Musa Atanda aka Musa sars, Olorunjuedalo Adewale, Olamide Odewole and Peter Anuoluwapo Akinyemi.
According to statement from the Spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were said to have been arrested last week following the information received by policemen attached to Obalende divisional headquarters ijebu ode, that the hoodlums who are members of Aiye confraternity were gathering in groups at the back of De prime hotel in preparation for a deadly attack.
Upon the information, the DPO Obalende division, SP Salami Murphy was said to have mobilized his men and headed to the scene.
On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in gun battle but they were subdued by the superior firepower of the policemen, which eventually led to the arrest of five amongst them while others reportedly escaped with bullets injuries.
Recovered at the scene of the encounter were said to be one locally made short gun, two live cartridges and charms.
Preliminary investigation was said to have revealed that the suspects were actively involved in various cult clashes that had claimed many life including that of a serving policeman sgt Akeem Oseni attached to igbeba division.
The alleged cultists were also said to have confessed that their trademark is to cut off the right hand of their victims after killing them. They also allegedly confessed to have been involved in some robbery operations in Ijebu Ode and its environs and that one of their prominent leaders simply known as PERTH was killed in one of the robbery operations.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who applauded the gallantry and professional performance of his men has directed that the suspects be transferred to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
He also charged his officers to take the battle to the doorsteps of all known criminals in the state, in order to make Ogun state a peaceful place for all.