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Police Pick 22 Suspects in Abeokuta, Sagamu, Over Ogun Cult Clashes

Twenty two suspected cultists have been arrested in connection with the recent cult clashes in parts of Ogun state, by the Ogun police special operation squad.

The police squad picked them up in Abeokuta and Sagamu, within 48 hours of its establishment.

About 16 persons, mostly cultists died in the clashes between rival cult groups in Abeokuta, Ilaro and Sagamu in the past days.

Spokesman of the state police command, deputy superintendent Abimbola Oyeyemi said the arrested 22 suspects allegedly confirmed their membership of Aiye and Eiye confraternities.

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The 22 suspects, according to him, were arrested during raids of the cultists’ hideouts at Mayas in Lafenwa and Oju Agbara in Sapon, both in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Others were arrested by the squad at Sagamu.

Oyeyemi said they are being investigated to ascertain the likely roles they played in the killings during the recent cult clashes.

Meanwhile, the state police commissioner, Lanre Bankole has directed the special operation squad to further take the battle against other cultists to their hideouts.

At the peak of the clashes last week, president Buhari had ordered police and other security agencies in the state to clampdown on the cultists in the state.

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