Four suspected cult members were on Tuesday arrested by detectives attached to the Agbara Division of the Ogun State Police Command. They were arrested when the police swooped on their den at Igbesa Agbara in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area.
The rival cult groups in the area had engaged themselves in a battle leaving one Adeyemi Yomi,22, a student of the Gateway Polytechnic Igbesa dead on Monday, August 11. The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi disclosed that “following a manhunt by the police, one Ologunlagba Timilehin, 21, a confessed member of the National Association of Airlords was arrested by the police”.
Adejobi described the arrested cultist, Timilehin, as a strong member of the confraternity which had engaged some Doro Confraternity members in a gun battle for some hours before they were checkmated by the police. He also stated that the arrest of the suspect led to the arrest of additional three members of these groups who are helping the police in its investigation. Street Journal’s findings revealed that Airlord is a code name used by members of the Supreme Eiye Confraternity to identify their members while “Doro” is a derogatory term used by rival cultists for members of the Buccaneer Confraternity. The term was coined from the Yoruba name for buckets.
The three other suspects arrested are Anifowose Adewumi,, 21, Ekundayo Oladapo,30, and Aina Owolabi.
While assuring that efforts are in top gear to apprehend fleeing members of the groups, Adejobi told Street Journal that “the Ogun State Police Command had, before now, declared a war on cult groups in Ogun State and arrested more than 200(two hundred) cultists belonging to various groups in major cities in Ogun to include Sagamu, Ijebu Ode, Ibafo, Otta etc,and were charged to courts accordingly”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has ordered the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Agbara Division to transfer the matter to the Department of Criminal Investigation, Eleweran Abeokuta for thorough investigation.
The Commissioner has vowed to continue the fight against cultism in Ogun State.