Five suspected members of a cult have been arrested with the corpse of a young man suspected to be among the dreaded group by the Ogun State Police Command personnel.
The suspects identified as, Babatunde Shittu, 25; Ayobami Morenikeji, 15; Fidelis John, 23; Abdullah Adegbenro, 17; and Oyeyemi Bakare, 20, were arrested at Ilo Awela in Sango, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated this in a statement on Tuesday.
He explained the suspects were arrested following a distress call received at the Sango Area Command headquarters.
According to Oyeyemi, the police were told that some cultists were seen with a male corpse in a tricycle heading for Ota with all of them holding weapons like cutlasses, cudgels and sticks.
He said due to the distress call, the Area Commander, Sango Ota, ACP Monday Agbonnika, swiftly mobilised a patrol team to the area, and the hoodlums were seen destroying people’s property and stealing from innocent members of the public on the Ilo Awela Road.
The PPRO stated, “The police team engaged and subdued them, and five among them were subsequently arrested.
“On interrogation, they informed the police that they went to a party in Mushin, Lagos and on their way back, a fight ensued among them and in the process, one of them was overrun by a fast moving vehicle and he died on the spot.
“They stated further that they were taking the corpse to the families of their attackers, namely: Omo Ekun, Lampard and Anko, purposely for a revenge mission.”
The suspects were said to have damaged one Highlander SUV with number plate KJA 275 GD belonging to one Emmanuel Adekoya before the arrival of the police.
The suspects were also alleged to snatched an Infinix phone from one Falola Olushola and the sum of N50,000 from one Emmanuel Agbaje.
Oyeyemi however disclosed that the corpse had been recovered and deposited in the Ifo General Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
He also said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
The CP was said to have appealed to parents to warn their children from engaging in any act capable of undermining the peace of the state, adding that such would be met with strict resistance.