By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State police command said it has arrested 20 suspects in connection with the crisis that rocked Sango,Ijoko, Ifo, among other communities in the state.
The command said that the crisis which began as a supremacy battle between two rival cult groups later snowballed into robbery and other criminal activities causing a breach of peace in Ifo township and its environs.
However, in compliance with the directives of the Commissioner of police in the state, the large team of police comprising of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) anti-kidnapping, anti cultist among others under the leadership of ACP Monday Agbonika were said to have moved in and embarked on aggressive and intelligence-based patrol of the entire area of Ifo, Owode ijako, joju, ijoko and Agbado area.
Their efforts, according to a statement from the Spokesman of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, yielded positive results as five of the hoodlums namely Ekunoye lucky ,22; Badmus Sodiq, 27; Showumi Femi, 21; Adeagbo Adewumi, 22 and Agboola Femi, 21 were arrested at Ijako area of Sango Ota.
The patrol team also moved to the Winner Church area along Idiroko road where another suspect, Adekunle Okeoye aged 23 was arrested with a brand new locally made short gun loaded with five live cartridges and assorted charms.
Also, the operatives extended their operation to Araromi community in Agbado where three other suspects namely Sulaiman Ogunbiyi, aka Absorver federal, Saminu Adamu and Nasiru Umar were arrested with facemask and assorted charms.
Earlier, 10 of the hoodlums have been picked up at various locations in Ifo, kajola and Ososun areas of Ifo local government by SARS operatives.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered that all the arrested suspects be transferred to Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS for discreet investigation.
He equally ordered the continuation of the operation until the last of the hoodlums is arrested.
The CP, therefore, appealed to members of the public not to be unnecessarily apprehensive as the command will continue to do everything within its power to ensure that the good people of Ogun state enjoy adequate security during and after this trying period of lockdown. He also enjoined them to reach out to the command through the control room number 08081770416 whenever they are in distress.