The Ogun state Police Command has arrested three members of Aiye cult group who have been terrorizing different parts of Abeokuta in recent time.
The Command has also declared manhunt for the leader of the cult group.
According to Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi,” the suspects, Jonathan Oshinalu, Kola Bolugbe, and Jimoh Aliu( a.k.a Alaayan), were arrested following intelligence received by SWAT operatives that a notorious cult leader, simply known as “Ben” who had involved in several cult clashes leading to the killing of not less than five persons was holding a nocturnal meeting with his group at Ogun radio, mile 2 area of lafenwa Abeokuta, for the purpose of launching another attack in some parts of the metropolis.
“Upon the report, the SWAT team, in conjunction with men of Lafenwa and Ilupeju divisions moved to the area. But on sighting the Policemen, Ben and his deadly group engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, the said Ben escaped with bullet wounds while three amongst them were apprehended.
“The hoodlums during the attack destroyed the patrol vehicle of Lafenwa division, before they were subdued by the superior fire power of the police.
An unregistered Lexus 330 car they used for their operations was also recovered by the SWAT team”.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lanre Bankole, has directed a massive manhunt for the escapee gang leader and other members of his group.
The CP also ordered a discreet investigation into the activities of the arrested hoodlums with the view to arraigning them in court as soon as possible.