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Ekiti: Police arrest five ‘cultists’ during rituals of initiatgion

A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Ekiti State police command have arrested five students suspected to be members of BLACK AXE (AIYE) secret confraternity during rituals of initiation in the state.

The state’s commissioner of police, Tunde Mobayo, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, to Daily Sun on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, disclosed that the five suspected cultists who are all males, claimed to be students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, were arrested during an initiation ceremony behind the institution’s campus on Sunday, while others are at large.

The statement read, “On 25th April, 2021 at about 0130hrs, information was received by the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ekiti State Command, that some members of the BLACK AXE (AIYE) secret confraternity were holding an initiation rite inside a bush behind Ekiti State University (EKSU) Campus, Iworoko-Ekiti.

“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of the RRS Operatives in synergy with the Police Personnel attached to Iworoko Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and stormed the bush where the suspected cultists shot sporadically on sighting the Police.

“In the process, however, five(5) suspects were arrested and all claimed to be students of Ekiti State University while other suspects took to their heels and escaped.

“The names of the suspects arrested are: Adeyeye Adeyemi ‘m’ (29yrs), Adeyemi Tobi ‘m’ (25yrs), Moyosore Onajobi ‘m’ (22yrs), Dickson Godwin ‘m’ (23yrs) and Olowosaye Martins ‘m’ (21yrs).

“Items recovered from the scene were: one cut to small size locally made pistol, two expended cartridges, one gallon containing liquid drug, weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp and two motorcycles.

“The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation of the arrested suspects and has equally tasked the Operatives to ensure the apprehension of the fleeing suspects.

“The Ekiti State Police Boss, while assuring the good people of Ekiti State that the Command’s fight against cultism and other criminal activities in the State will continue until they are brought to zero, enjoins everyone to cooperate and support the Police in the fight against crimes by providing timely and useful information that could help in flushing out the criminal elements in our Society.”

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