The Ogun State Police Command has paraded no less than 40 individuals for a variety of offences, including cultism, murder, and armed robbery. Olanrewaju Oladimeji, the state’s commissioner of police, who led a procession of the suspects, claimed they were captured both inside and outside the state.Speaking to reporters, Oladimeji announced the arrests of Michael Bob, Madeshina Idris, and Abdul Omotoyosi on charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and theft.
He said that the suspects were arrested in Mushin, Lagos State, while a stolen Toyota car was recovered during the operation.
Also, a notorious armed robber, Austin Omoh, was allegedly involved in an armed robbery incident in the state but was apprehended in Maroko, Lagos State. The police boss said the police were able to recover a stolen Toyota Sequoia Jeep with registration number AAA 631 HX.
The CP went on to say that one Wasiu Odubote was detained by the police after breaking into a store and stealing merchandise in Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode.The Divisional Police Officer and his team’s quick action resulted in Odubote’s arrest, the CP claimed, after he and his crew broke into a spare parts store on Old Ondo Road.
He said that other gang members managed to escape, while a tricycle with the registration number GBE 144VX was recovered.
He also paraded one Adedapo Taiwo, Arogundade Idowu, Noah Jogunom, and James Abiodun, who were arrested in Kobape, Abeokuta, for planning to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s second term.
According to him, the suspects were found in possession of a Beretta pistol, live ammunition, and assorted criminal charm. “Also, in Atan-Ijebu, four suspects identified as Onasanya Opeoluwa, Friday Daniel, Otuneve Samuel, and Ayanbade Owolabi were arrested for their involvement in cultism.
“In the same vein, the police also apprehended Akindele Femi, Abodurin Afeez, and Ishola Ayorinde for their affiliation with different cult groups and engaging in criminal activities.
“They were found in possession of weapons, including a locally made short gun, a live cartridge, and criminal charms.
“The police arrested Sulaiman Ajagunjeun and Opeyemi Adesegun in Itoko for their involvement in cult-related fights and also confessed to being members of the Aiye confraternity.
“Nwoke Stanley and Auche Uzuegho were apprehended for vandalising aluminium cables in Ogijo. The police found several vandalised cables in their shop, revealing their involvement in multiple cable thefts in the area.
For their roles in cultism, assault, and illegal possession of hard drugs, the Ogun State Police Command also detained Osiniga Waheed, John Taiwo, Olashina Hameed, Olugbade Abidoun, Odeyemi Azeez, Tohter Shobitan, Babatunde Atinsola, Lateef Yahya, and Nurudeen Tajudeen.
Oladimeji remarked in response to the state’s growing cult cases that the command would always go after them and that he would not give up on them.
“We’re not relenting, we’ll continue, so as long as we hear that they’re going about because we know they don’t mean any good for anybody, they’re always out to cause confusion and harm people, and that is why we are equally after them.
“Not until they change and they’re willing to live like every law-abiding citizen, once they want to remain deviant, we will equally be on their neck, we will not leave them,” he said.