Eight suspected members of a dreaded cult group, Black Axe (Aiye), were arrested in Ogun State for allegedly shooting a teenager during a procession in honour of their departed colleague.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the development on Sunday, September 27, said the cultists were arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo Police Station where a 16-year-old boy, Onome Iduru, was rushed to after being shot in the stomach by the cultists.
According to the PPRO, the cultists shot the teenager, dispossessed him of his phone and then went ahead to unleash terror on the community.
“Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo division CSP Muhammed Suleiman Baba led his men to the scene where eight members of the violent group namely: Olatunji Opeyemi m’ 26, Ayuba Oduola m’ 25, Sobowale Abiodun m’ 28, Sobowale Sunday m’ 25, Adelowo Olalekan m’ 32, Kareem Lanre m’ 21, Emmanuel Adebisi m’ 21 and Tobiloba Wasiu m’ 20 yrs were arrested after serious encounter with the policemen,” he said.
Oyeyemi said a banner designed with the group’s insignia to announce the death of their member was recovered from them while the injured victim was taken to Oladayo Hospital for medical attention.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.