As officers and men of the Ogun State Police Command had vowed to go after secret cult groups in their hideouts in the state, their efforts on July 25, 2022 successfully rounded up three members of the Aiye cult group, terrorizing different parts of Abeokuta in recent time.
The suspects, Jonathan Oshinalu, Kola Bolugbe, and Jimoh Aliu a.k.a Alaayan were arrested following an intelligent report received by SWAT operatives.
It was learnt that a cult leader known as “Ben” who had involved in several cult clashes, leading to killing of not less than five persons, was holding a nocturnal meeting with his group at Ogun radio, mile 2 area of lafenwa Abeokuta, to launch another attack in some parts of the metropolis.
Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed, “Upon the report, the SWAT team, in conjunction with men of Lafenwa and Ilupeju divisions, moved to the area.”
Oyeyemi further confirmed, “but on sighting the policemen, Ben and his deadly group engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, the said Ben escaped with bullet wounds while three amongst them were apprehended.
“The hoodlums during the attack destroyed the patrol vehicle of Lafenwa division before they were subdued by the superior fire power of the police. An unregistered Lexus 330 car they used for their operations was also recovered by the SWAT team.”
Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing gang leader and other members of his group and also ordered a discreet investigation into the activities of the arrested hoodlums with a view to arraigning them in court as soon as possible.