The Ogun State Police Command, Wednesday, said it arrested 25 suspected members of the dreaded Buccaneer Cult group and three herbalists during an initiation ceremony in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Police Commissioner, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, while parading the suspects at Eleweran Police headquarters, revealed that the herbalists were conducting the initiation for the cult members when they were arrested.

The commissioner said the cultists were arrested following intelligence report that some cultists were planning to unleash mayhem on members of the public after conducting an initiation rite for new members in Ita-Oshin area of the City.

According to him, battle axes, cutlasses, weed, suspected to be Indian hemp and regalia of their group were recovered at the invitation ground.

They were among 59 others paraded for rape, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, fraud, among other offences.

The police boss also paraded three murder suspects; Ugo Obi, Chinozo Jude and Chibuike Samson for allegedly beating a 23-year-old man, Samuel Ajibade to death over alleged phone theft.

Ajogun said, the suspects pounced on the victim and beat him to death for allegedly stealing two mobile phones belonging to one of them.

The police also paraded one Tunde Bello, a taxi driver who allegedly abducted and raped a 29-year-old lady.


According to Ajogun, the suspect abducted the victim while on her way to work last September and collected N140,000 before she was released.

Some arrested suspected cultists

Also paraded was a fraudster, Daudu James who according to the Commissioner, specialised in swapping ATM cards of unsuspecting victims and siphoning money from their accounts.

“The suspect had succeeded in swapping ATM cards of two persons and siphoned the sum of N40,000 and N55,000 from the victims.

“He however ran out of luck when one of his victims sighted him in another bank trying to swap another person’s ATM card. The victim raised alarm and he was promptly arrested,” Ajogun said.

The police boss disclosed that the suspect was arrested with 17 different ATM cards.

The commissioner warned criminals to relocate from the state, assuring that no part of the state will be made habitable for criminals.

Daily Independent



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