The Ogun State Police Command has arrested eight persons suspected to be members of a cult group, Neo-Black Movement otherwise known as the Black Axe, while on a candlelight procession for their dead member in Ogijo Town, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
The cultists were arrested. September 24, following a report, lodged at Ogijo Police Station where a 16- years-old boy, Onome Iduru was rushed to after he was allegedly shot in the stomach by the cultists during the procession.
Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the cult group dispossessed the victim of his mobile phone and went ahead to unleash terror in the community.
He said when the command received the report, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ogijo Police Division, CSP Muhammed Suleiman Baba, led his men to the scene where eight members of the cult group were arrested.
He gave the names of the suspects as :Olatunji Opeyemi, 26, Ayuba Oduola, 25, Sobowale Abiodun, 28, Sobowale Sunday, 25, Adelowo Olalekan, 32, Kareem Lanre, 21, Emmanuel Adebisi, 21 and Tobiloba Wasiu, 20.
“A banner designed with the Black Axe insignia was recovered from the suspects, while the injured victim was taken to a private hospital for medical attention.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered that the suspects should be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID), for further investigation “
He said the CP, therefore, warned that any group or individual who engages in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state will be dealt with decisively. He also appealed to parents in the state to warn their wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results may be catastrophic.