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  • Updated: February 02, 2024

Police arrest 52 during raid on Ogun cult initiation venue

Police arrest 52 during raid on Ogun cult initiation venue

No fewer than 52 suspected cultists have been arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.

The suspects were arrested when operatives stormed the venue of a suspected cult initiation in the Ifo local government area of the state.

The state’s Police Public Relations Office, SP Omolola Odutola, said this on Thursday.

Odutola stressed that the suspects were arrested following credible intelligence received by the police about the planned cult initiation.

She stated further that upon receiving the information, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Ota in Ifo mobilised his men and stormed the Simko International Hotel in the Iya Abiodun area, where some suspected members of the Supreme Buccaneers confraternity, also known as Alora, were gathered.

The PPRO revealed that upon the police’s arrival, the suspected cultists attempted to lock the gate but were overpowered by the police officers leading to the arrest of 52 suspects while some were able to escape.

“On 21/01/24, at about 00:45hrs, DPO Ifo reported the successful arrest of fifty-two suspected members of the Supreme Buccaneers confraternity, also known as Alora, at the Simko International Hotel in Iya Abiodun Ifo area.

“This operation was conducted based on intelligence received regarding the initiation of new members of the group. Upon receiving the intelligence, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ota, activated tactical teams led by the SWAT Commander, who were already within the Area Command on a special duty, and directed them to reinforce DPO Ifo for the operation.

“The DPO and the SWAT Commander raced to the scene with the combined teams. Upon arrival, the cult group, who had already mounted surveillance around the scene, attempted to lock the gate upon sighting the police presence.

“Despite their efforts, the teams gained access to the hotel, resulting in the arrest of 55 suspects, including some females. Some, however, managed to escape through the fence.”

She disclosed that exhibits such as vehicles, mobile phones, needles, and shirts with Alora inscription were recovered from the suspects while stating that an investigation had been concluded on the matter and the suspects had been charged in court.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects are needles, T-shirts with Alora inscriptions, three private vehicles, and 58 different phones. Among those arrested were Adigun Ayomide, Obanla Abayomi, and 50 others. The suspects have been charged in court,” Odutola stated.

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