THE Ogun State Police Command on Friday said it has arrested no fewer than 40 suspected cultists in different parts of the state in the last few weeks.
Seventeen out of the hoodlums were arrested over last Wednesday’s killings of some members of a cult group in Igode and Emuren areas of Sagamu.
The remaining were said to have been arrested at the university town of Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu North Local Government Area.
Saturday Tribune gathered that the miscreants who were said to be members of Aye Confraternity launched an attack against members of the Eiye Confraternity to celebrate their anniversary tagged 7/7 on Thursday.
Reports had it that the hoodlums armed with sophisticated weapons stormed Igode on motorcycles and unleashed terror on anyone sighted.
It was also learnt that houses and other valuables were vandalised by the hoodlums.
The Command’s image maker, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen that the crisis was caused by members of the Aye group who killed a goat belonging to the rival group for celebration.
He stated that the command had no record of the number of casualities in the incident, submitting that the police had it on good authority that the cultists were members of the community.
Adejobi also pointed out that some traditional chiefs within the affected communities were alleged to be habouring the hoodlums.
The PPRO also added that the Divisional Police Officer in Sagamu and some of his men had blocked the expressway leading to Sagamu, based on information of a likely reprisal.
He said, “On Wednesday, the cult group killed a goat of other rival group for celebration. The other group also went angrily to attack them back, but they have their target. The command did not have the record of those killed, they are hurting themselves.”