The Ondo State Police Command has arraigned 15 men suspected to be members of various secret cults in Akure, the state capital, during the last Yuletide celebrations.
The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph, who disclosed this to our correspondent yesterday, said the suspected cult members were arrested at different locations within the Akure metropolis.
Joseph listed the suspects as follows: Olamiju Abiodun (25), Adejuyigbe Josua (22), Tayo Agboola (22), Orebe Boluwaji (33), Oluwadare Akinbobola (17), Oluwaseun Olajide (21), Adesina Olasunkanmi (18) and Alaba Raji (19).
Others were Ajibola Olanrewaju (25), John Isaac (18), Haruna Friday (18), Omotoso Shina (26), Ekene Ereozo (25), Mathew Ogu (36) and Uche Odoh (30).
“The suspects were arrested at different locations in Akure. During the routine patrol of our men to ensure that we had peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations, the suspects were arrested in their different hideouts in the town.
“Some of them were arrested during the initiation of new members into their cult groups while others were arrested while holding their meetings.”
Joseph added that various dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects including axes, cutlasses, machetes, cut-to-size locally made pistols, and charms among others.
The PPRO disclosed that the suspects had been charged to court and remanded in prison custody, appealing to parents and guardians to always monitor their children and wards. He reiterated that the command would not relent in making the society crime-free.