The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 17 men for cult related activities in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state.
It said the men were apprehended in four areas of the town following a distress call to the police by residents of the area that some hoodlums were on rampage.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told journalists on Thursday that preliminary investigations showed that the men belonged to “Eiye” and “Aiye” cult groups.
The two rival cult groups have been battling for supremacy in the area.
“On receipt of the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Ijebu Igbo Division, Agene James, led teams of policemen to the scene while reinforcement was also sent by the Area Commander, Ijebu-Ode and the activities of the hoodlums were successfully curtailed.
“At the end of the operation, 17 suspects were arrested and weapons such as locally made guns, knife, charms and bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.
“The Area Commander, Funso Ajao, who coordinated the operation, is fully on ground to monitor the situation in order to prevent the hoodlums from regrouping.”
He added that Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered that suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Eleweran, Abeokuta, for discrete investigation.
“The CP appealed to members of the public to go about their businesses without fear of any harassment from any quarter as adequate security arrangement is on ground to ensure that residents of the state sleep with their two eyes closed,” Oyeyemi said.