James Sowole in Akure
Not less than 15 suspected cultists were arrested by men of the Ondo State Police Command in Akure, the state capital during the Christmas and new year festivals.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Demi Joseph, who disclosed the action of the police said the suspected cultists were arrested at different locations within the Akure metropolis.
The suspects according to him, included; Olamiju Abioudun, 25, Adejuyigbe Josua, 22, Tayo Agboola, 22, Orebe Boluwaji, 33, Oluwadar Akinbobola, 17, Oluwaseun Olajide, 21, Adesina Olasunkanmi 18 and Alaba Raji, 19.
Others are: Ajibola Olanrewaju, 25, John Isaac, 18, Haruna Friday 18, Omotoso Shina, 26, Ekene Ereozo, 25, Mathew Ogu, 36 and Uche Odoh 30.
The police spokesman said: “The suspects were arrested at different locations in Akure. During the routine patrol of our men to ensure that we had peaceful Christmas and new year celebration, the suspects were arrested in their different hideouts in the town,
“Some of them were arrested during the initiations of new members into their cult groups while some were arrested while holding their meetings.”
Joseph further disclosed that various dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects which he said included : axes, cultlases, matchetes, cut-to-size locally-made pistols, charms among others.
He stated that the suspects had been charged to court and had been remanded in prison custody.
He appealed to parents to always monitor the movements and the friends of their wards, reiterating that the command would not relent in making Ondo State crime-free.