By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Six suspected notorious cultists including the son of a former senior police officer have been paraded by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly participating in the killing of 11 persons in the state.
Parading the suspected cultists before journalists in Ilorin Thursday, the state police commissioner, Mr. Aminu Saleh, said that the command had been on their trail for about two years before their arrest at different locations in Ilorin, the state capital.
Saleh said that the son of a former senior police officer and one of the suspected cultists, Lanre Mohammed Soliu, was arrested and paraded for alleged murder and membership of Aiye confraternity cult group.
He stated that the suspect, aka Askari of Number 13, Ile Nda compound, Emir’s Palace Ilorin, was arrested on Tuesday after a manhunt for him over the alleged killing of late Yemi Bayero of Ago market, Ilorin.
The police commissioner said that the suspect alongside five others had confessed to have carried out the killing with one Abolaji Safti Ojulari, Adeyi and Tiro.
The CP, who also paraded another alleged notorious cultist, Abolaji Safti Ojulari, male, of Kankatu area of Ilorin metropolis, said that the suspect alongside 13 of his accomplices had killed 11 people, including a notorious hoodlum Bayo Ajia, between 2016 and 2018.
“The suspect was arrested on May 5, 2018 after a manhunt. He has been in the command’s wanted list for over two years. He lives at Kankatu area Ilorin where he was hiding. He confessed to be an active member of Aiye confraternity. He also named his 13 accomplices,” he said.
The police boss also paraded one Azeez Mayaki, male, 26, who was arrested on Tuesday, saying that the suspect had confessed to the killing of one Lateef on February 2, 2018 at Ode Alfa Nda Ilorin.
“Also, one Suleiman Babatunde, male 26 of Gambari area of Ilorin was arrested after a discreet investigation linked him to killing of one Owolabi, male at Amilegbe area of Ilorin in July, 2017 with one accomplice, Olaitan,” he said.
Also paraded were Yusuf Habeeb and Umar Yahaya for alleged criminal conspiracy and being members of a secret cult. The suspects among others who fled were arrested while congregating at Kangile village, via Royal Valley Estate, Ilorin.
The police commissioner, who said that all the arrested suspects would soon be charged to court, advised criminal elements in the state to eschew criminal acts, adding that the command was prepared to run them out of circulation.