Barely 48 after its formation, the special anti-cultism squad set up by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has arrested a total of 22 suspects comprising members of two leading groups, Aye and Eiye, whose reported recurring supremacy face-offs had painted the state in a bad light.
Bankole had over the weekend set up the squad headed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Operations Department, ordering the quashing of all cult-related activities, as well as arresting all known members.
In the statement by the Command’s spokesman (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the arrests were made within 24 hours of the formation of the special squad, even as the CP has directed the squad to take the onslaught to their doorsteps.
According to the PPRO, the arrests were made “when the Squad stormed their hideouts at Mayas in Lafenwa and Oju Ogbara in Sapon area of Abeokuta.
“Some of the suspects were also apprehended in Sagamu, during a similar operation carried out by the squad”, Oyeyemi said.
He further said, “All the suspects are currently being investigated to ascertain their roles in the cult war that recently engulfed the state which claimed the lives of some cult members.
Meanwhile, according to the statement, “the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, who commended the quick response of the squad, has urged them to take the battle to the doorsteps of all known cultists in the State” while appealing to members of the public to always cooperate with the team by giving them necessary information that would enhance their operation, “as security is everybody’s business”.