The Ogun State Police Force, Nigeria, has made a chilling revelation, as disclosed in a statement on Monday. During their investigation, officers discovered four lifeless bodies within the premises of a cult member, Bolaji Ogunkemaya.
Ogunkemaya was allegedly implicated in the recent turmoil that engulfed Sagamu town. The unrest erupted due to a dispute among two rival cult groups, the Aiye and Eiye, primarily over a commission division stemming from a land transaction.
According to reports from KOKO TV NG, the violent clash, which persisted for days, led to the unfortunate demise of at least 20 individuals.
As the investigation unfolded, Bolaji Ogunkemaya, along with six others, was apprehended as a suspect. Police sources reveal that all four deceased individuals found in Ogunkemaya’s room met their tragic end in the same location.
Further elaborating on the situation, SP Omolola Odutola, the spokesperson for the Ogun Police Command, stated that following Ogunkemaya’s detention, he confessed that Azubuike, also known as BETTER and the leader of the cult gang, had been arrested by the Sagamu Area Commander two weeks prior.
The additional suspects arrested in connection to the incident were identified as Asaiye Omolaja, Azeez Nofiu, and Mathew Adewale. It is worth noting that another cult gang member, Wasiu, managed to elude arrest by escaping before the authorities arrived at the scene.
Odutola highlighted that the suspects’ apprehension followed a coordinated raid by the Ogun State Police Command in Sagamu, led by ACP Shehu Alao, in collaboration with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN). This operation was prompted by a report concerning a clash between the rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye confraternity, which resulted in the tragic loss of over twenty lives, as reported at the time.
During the raid, law enforcement officers successfully recovered a firearm, three live cartridges, and a criminal charm, shedding light on the gravity of the situation.
The Ogun Police spokesperson emphasized that Bolaji Ogunkemaya’s role in providing crucial information about the arrest of their leader, Azubuike aka BETTER, underscores the police’s commitment to dismantling these criminal networks.
To address the alarming surge in cult-related violence, the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha, personally visited Sagamu on Monday morning to assess the situation firsthand and profile all the apprehended suspects.
CP Mustapha issued a stern warning to all cultists in Ogun State, declaring a zero-tolerance policy towards senseless killings and vowing that none of these cultists would escape justice.