Four persons have died with seven others arrested following a cult clash in Sagamu, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by spokesperson of the Command, Omolola Odutola confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday, September 18, 2023.
According to Odutola, the suspects were arrested after a raid on Sunday, September 17, 2023, and the raid was led by ACP Shehu Alao, with collaboration from members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria.
The statement said the operation was carried out in response to reports of a clash between two rival cult groups, namely Aiye and Eiye, which resulted in the death of four individuals, at Ewu Iya, Sakura, on Sunday.
“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.
It was gathered that the cult clashes have escalated to other parts of Sagamu, with residents expressing concern over the rise in the death toll as at Monday morning.
About 20 persons were said to have been killed, including secondary school pupils.
The statement further disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Abiodun Alamutu, visited Sagamu on Monday to assess the situation firsthand and profile all the arrested suspects.