Keeping to his promise of ridding Ogun State of criminal elements, particularly cultists, which spurred the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to emplace a special squad to tackle the scourge headlong, four members of the dreaded ‘Eiye’ Confraternity have been busted, yet in the state capital, Abeokuta.
This came a few hours after the arrest of seven members of feuding rival groups, ‘Eiye’ and ‘Aiye’ at Ijaye area of Abeokuta metropolis on Tuesday, 24th May
The latest arrest was sequel to information received by the CP that ‘Eiye’ cult members had converged in two different locations at Oke-Lantoro and Technical College, Leme, for a nocturnal meeting, “in preparation for an attack to be launched on members of another cult group”.
Given this credible information, the CP ordered the CSP Shobiyi Oluwatosin-led Anti-Cultists Section to storm the venues, dislodge and ensure their arrest.
In a press release issued by the state police command spokesman (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, he said, “In compliance with the CP’S directive, the team moved to the scenes at about 8:30 pm, where four amongst the hoodlums were arrested, while others escaped”.
Dangerous weapons, comprising a cutlass, battle axes and criminal charms were recovered from the culprits, identified as Oriyomi Bankole (a.k.a Ortom); Odedina Sodiq, Shofola Ayodeji and Adelawa Ayo.
“Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has assured the good people of Ogun state that the command will not relent in its efforts to rid the state of criminal elements masquerading as cultists.
“He, therefore, appealed to the general public to partner with the police in waging war against the criminals by informing the police whenever strange gathering is noticed in their vicinity”, the PPRO stated.