Ogun Cult Clash: Four Dead, Seven Arrested, Police Warn Against Cultism
Following a cult conflict in Sagamu, the state’s Sagamu Local Government Area, four people have died and seven more have been taken into custody.
Omolola Odutola, the Command’s spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Odutola claims that the suspects were apprehended following a raid on September 17, 2023, which was directed by ACP Shehu Alao with assistance from members of the Nigerian Vigilante Group.
According to the statement, the operation was conducted in response to reports of a conflict between two rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye, on Sunday in Ewu Iya, Sakura, which left four people dead.
“Upon receiving the information, the Area Commander swiftly mobilized more personnel to the scene in order to prevent the clash from escalating and to apprehend the cultists involved.
“Seven suspected cultists were arrested, and further investigations led to the recovery of a firearm, three live cartridges, and a criminal charm.m,” the statement added.
Odutola identified the suspects as Asaiye Omolaja, Azeez Nofiu, Mathew Adewale and Bolaji Ogunkemaya.
“It is worth noting that Bolaji Ogunkemaya was found with the four deceased persons in the same room where the killings occurred.
“One individual, Wasiu, managed to escape before the authorities arrived.
“During the raid, Bolaji Ogunkemaya provided critical information, stating that their leader, known as Azubuike (aka BETTER), had been arrested by the Area Commander a fortnight ago,” the statement added.
According to reports, the cult battles have spread to other areas of Sagamu, and locals are worried about the rising death toll as of Monday morning.
There were reportedly 20 fatalities, including secondary school students.
Abiodun Alamutu, the Ogun County Commissioner of Police, visited Sagamu on Monday to personally examine the situation and profile each suspect who had been detained, according to the statement.