The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 10 suspected cult members, including a lady, who allegedly partook in a cult clash that led to a breach of the peace of Mowe community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area on Tuesday 10th of January, 2017
The suspects were said to have been arrested in various locations in Mowe following the clash between the two rival cult groups during an exchange of gunfire in the community.
It was reported that residents scampered to safety as the gun battle raged. Policemen from the Mowe division were said to have chased the cult members away.
A source had said the cult members were not from the community as the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the groups came to Mowe and unleashed mayhem on the area.
Oyeyemi said, “They vandalised vehicles and made life uncomfortable for innocent residents of the area. Distress calls were made to the Area Commander, Sagamu and Divisional Police Officer, Mowe division.
“Consequently, policemen were swiftly deployed in the area and they repelled the assailants. In the process, 10 of the hoodlums were arrested, including a female member.”
Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said investigation revealed that one of the cults held a meeting in the house of the female member, whose identity was not given.
He said the Area Commander, Sagamu, Issa Gremma, who led the operation was still on the ground in Mowe, monitoring the situation.
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
While he warned that violent crime would not have a place in the state, he appealed to parents to warn their children to desist from any criminal act, as the command “is out to deal decisively with anybody caught perpetrating any act of criminality.”