Ogun State Police Command on Sunday, paraded 150 suspects in connection with the alleged robberies and cultism in some parts of Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas of the state.
There had been reports of robberies and breach of peace due to cult clashes for some days around Owode, Ilepa, Ifo, Arigbajo,Itori, Dalemo, Ijoko Joju, Sango, Ota, Agbado- Ijaiye among other communities in Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas of the state.
The Commissioner of Police Kenneth Ebrimson on Sunday conducted journalists round the troubled areas after he paraded 150 suspects arrested in most of the affected areas.
Speaking during the parade held at Ifo Divisional Police station, Ebrimson denied the report that armed robbers had taken over some parts of Ifo and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas of the state.
Ebrimson said there was no report of robbery to the command by anyone in the troubled areas.
The Commissioner of Police said it was a case of cult clashes among seven rival groups within the areas as a result of the killing of one of them.
Ebrimson said upon the information about the clashes, the command swang into action and made some arrests.
He added that the command deployed men from Special Anti-Robbery Squad; Anti-Cultism unit, Anti-Kidnapping unit; Special forces and conventional policemen who were drawn from the Area command in Ifo and Ota.
Ebrimson explained that his men smoked the suspected criminals out of their hideouts and recovered various weapons.
According to him, eight locally made guns, 52 live cartridges, eight knives, 12 handsets, two scissors,large quantity of weeds, several cutlasses, one axe and saw.
The Police boss said the unrest was caused by seven cult groups which included; Ilena boys, Federal boys, Lemon boys, base boys, Sahara boys, Gbese boys and Marindoti boys.
He said “the Genesis of this was from some criminal gangs that engaged in supremacy battle in Ifo and spread to Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state.
“It started on April 4, and the command tactical operation arrested some hoodlums and ammunitions.
“I want to say that there was no single case of armed robbery, no case of kidnapping has been reported. Nobody has been killed.
“The basic issue is cultism that emanated from the killing of one of them in Ifo and spread to Sango, Ijoko and Agbado.”
However, Ogun state Governor, Dapo Abiodun commended the State Police Command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the State Government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.
He further enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up the ante of their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there’s no reoccurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the State continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ogun State government restates its commitment to ensuring that the State is conducive for living and businesses, without fear of criminals and other unscrupulous elements.
The elements, Governor Abiodun said, will not accommodated within the State.
Abiodun assured the people that he would not joke with the security of lives and property of citizens and residents alike.
The governor added that he would continue to give all necessary support to security agencies, as he has done by providing mobility and other working equipment for effective service delivery.
The government enjoins all law-abiding citizens and residents to remain calm and continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive, as the situation is now fully under control.