Breaking: Police Arrest 52 Suspected Cultists During Initiation in Ifo Local Government

The Ogun State Police Command has announced that 52 suspected cultists were apprehended during a raid on a suspected cult initiation venue in the Ifo Local Government Area.

SP Omolola Odutola, the state’s Police Public Relations Office, break the News on Thursday, emphasizing that the arrests were made based on credible intelligence received by the police regarding the planned cult initiation.

Upon receiving the information, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Ota in Ifo mobilized his team to the Simko International Hotel in the Iya Abiodun area, where suspected members of the Supreme Buccaneers confraternity, also known as Alora, were gathered.

learned from the PPRO that when the police arrived, the suspected cultists tried to lock the gate but were overpowered, resulting in the arrest of 52 suspects, while others managed to escape.

According to Odutola, “On 21/01/24, at about 00:45hrs, DPO Ifo reported the successful arrest of fifty two suspected members of the Supreme Buccaneers confraternity, also known as Alora, at the Simko International Hotel in Iya Abiodun Ifo area. This operation was conducted based on intelligence received regarding the initiation of new members of the group. Upon receiving the intelligence, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ota, activated tactical teams led by the SWAT Commander, who were already within the Area Command on a special duty, and directed them to reinforce DPO Ifo for the operation. The DPO and the SWAT Commander raced to the scene with the combined teams. Upon arrival, the cult group, who had already mounted surveillance around the scene, attempted to lock the gate upon sighting the police presence. Despite their efforts, the teams gained access to the hotel, resulting in the arrest of 55 suspects, including some female. Some, however, managed to escape through the fence.”

Additionally, exhibits such as vehicles, mobile phones, needles, and shirts with Alora inscription were recovered from the suspects. Odutola mentioned that the investigation had been concluded, and the suspects had been charged in court, stating, “Exhibits recovered from the suspects are needles, T-shirts with Alora inscriptions, three private vehicles, and 58 different phones. Among those arrested were Adigun Ayomide, Obanla Abayomi, and 50 others. The suspects have been charged in court.”

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