By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command on Friday paraded 13 suspected members of various cult groups in the state arrested by the command
Also. the Command paraded two suspects, Abdullahi Basiru and Adekola Martins arrested for unlawful possession of human skull.
Addressing a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu disclosed that as part of efforts by the Command to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state, it has embarked on aggressive drive towards riding the state of criminality through a proactive approach and sustainable community policing strategy in the last few weeks.
CP Olukolu stressed that in line with the proactive approach, the Command succeed in arresting, “some members of the dreaded Aiye Confraternity who have been inflicting various acts of violence and nefarious activities on members of the public, and have been terrorizing members of the public within Ibadan metropolis, were arrested where they converged to initiate new members into the secret cult.”
“Sequel to information, a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives together with the local vigilante group were quickly drafted to the area, the suspects were arrested, the suspect include: Durodola Olamide, Femi Aluko, (both were ex student of College of Education, Oyo), Faroyeje Ayanfe, George Ifeanyi (both were ex students of Ekiti State University), Abdulahi Musa, Isiaka Jubril, Onadolapo Kolawole, Ridwan Yekini, Moronfade Opeyemi, Ojebisi Johnson, Popoola Seun, Afeez Fatai, and Taiwo Adeyemi.” he said.
According to CP Olukolu, the suspects were arrested in Igbooloyin, Ojoo, Bodija, Ibadan Oyo town, respectively, while exhibit recovered from the suspected Cultists include three cutlass, one empty cartridge shell, one black Axe berret, five Aiye customized berret cap, one full Aiye customized regalia which were to be used for the initiation rites and some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
On the two suspects arrested for unlawful possession of human skull, CP Olukolu disclosed that the “police patrol team attached to Ikoyi Ile/Ogbomosho road intercepted the suspects from Oja Fulani Area of Ede, Osun State with two human skull,” and that “upon the interrogation, the suspects were unable to give a satisfactory account of the two human skull in their possession.”
“On the 11th July 2019, at about 1600hrs patrol team attached to Ikoyi Ile/ Ogbomoso road led by inspector Benjamin Olayiwola intercepted Abdullahi Basiru and Adekola Martin both of Oja Funi Area, Ede Osun State with two human skulls. Upon interrogation, they were unable to give satisfactory account of the two human skulls. Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing” he said
He added that on the 1st July 2019, at about 2000hrs one Sunday Akinrinde of Oke-Olaborin area Eruwa reported at Eruwa Divisional headquarters that on the same date at about 1630hrs, his wife one Foluke Akinrinde was abducted by some unknown gunmen while coming home from Temidire market at gun point along Sunbare area of Eruwa Oyo state and abandoned her Toyota bus with registration no Osun KNR 670 XA. Sequel to this, the kidnappers put a call to the husband and demanded for ransom.
CP Olukolu said. “however, men of anti-kidnapping squad swung into action with combine efforts of vigilante and hunters from Eruwa, the victim was rescued unhurt on 2nd July 2019. In the course of diligent investigation, one Ahmadu Musa, one of the confessed culprits was eventually arrested. He confessed to t he crime while efforts are on top gear to arrest other fleeing syndicate members who are at large.
The Commissioner of Police while reiterating the commitment of the police to always perform their constitutional responsibilities of protection of lives and property of individuals, urging the members of the public to continue
to support and cooperate with the police, with useful and vital information when ever they perceived criminality.