Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested 16 suspected cultists found to be terrorissing Ado Ekiti and its environs in the recent time.
The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) at the weekend following a tip- off from the members of the public.
Briefing journalists, the state Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, revealed that they were arrested at a location at a criminal hideout at Okeyinmi where they were holding ‘illegal’ meeting.
He revealed that they were arrested at about 1.15 a.m. when the cops swooped on their hideout.
The suspects were Yusuf Abayomi, Adefemi Tosin, Ibrahim Muhammed, Adejumo Kola, Monday Queen, Sunday Taiwo, Asaolu Damilola, Uchenna
Emeka, Olumola Joseph.
Others include: Falusi Oluwafemi, Ommisi Joseph, Ojo Eyinafe, Tajudeen Bello, Lucky Solomon, Adefuwa Olawale, and Lukman Kamarudeen
He said the breakthrough was recorded following efforts intensified by the police to investigate cult-related killings carried out in the state of recent.
According to the police commissioner, one cut to size single barrel, one live cartridge, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, criminal charms, one Toyota Car with registration number FKJ 912 DEK , one knife and one cutlass were recovered from the suspects.
“Most of the suspects confessed to belong to members of Eiye and Aye secret cult confraternities while others were directly linked to the groups”, he said.
The CP added that the Command also arrested Idowu Oluwole, Ganiyu Rasak, Ojo Ayomide and Asimilie Efra for robbing one Adedeji Afolabi Akawa and dispossessed him of his valuables.
Ahmed said the arrest was effected following a petition dated July 6, 2018 and written by Akawa where he alleged that five men had invaded his house the preceding day and robbed him at gunpoint.
“Out of the five suspects, three were arrested and they confessed as the perpetrators of the robbery on the petitioner.
“One Itel Phone and one locally made pistol , which were part of the property stolen were recovered registered as exhibit. Investigation revealed that they are among the gangs terrorising the state in recent
time,” Ahmed said.