Three suspected cultists identified as students of ICT Polytechnic, Igbesa, in Ogun State, have been arrested by the police for attempting to forcefully initiate a reluctant student into their cult group.
The Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, while confirming the arrest in Abeokuta on Sunday said the Anti-Crime Patrol team attached to Agbara Division of the Command arrested the suspects on Friday at about 2 a.m.
Mr. Adejobi said the suspects wanted their reluctant new catch to become a member of Vikings confraternity.
He gave the names of the suspects arrested as Kenneth Mokwunye (24), Adigun David (18) and Okwuma Obiora (17).
The police say the suspects threatened to kill their reluctant colleague for failing to join their cult group.
The student eventually raised the alarm for his safety, police said.
The Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, according to the command’s spokesperson, has commended the victimised student for exposing the antics and threats of the suspected cultists.
He also advised other students experiencing such to reveal their ordeals at the hands of cultists to security operatives in order to save their lives and that of others.
In a related development, police detectives attached to the Ota and Ogijo Divisions of the command arrested some suspected armed robbers with arms at different locations in the state.
Mr. Adejobi told our correspondent that the detectives in Ota, while on routine night patrol along Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway at the weekend, at 5.30 p.m., accosted some young men at a petrol filling station and suspected their moves and in an attempt to interrogate them, the young men opened fire on the police vehicle and fled.
They were pursued by the policemen who shot them on their legs before arresting them. The suspects had locally made pistols on them as well as four expended and 20 live cartridges and assorted charms.
The suspects are Yusuf Ahmed (22), of number 15, Old Ojo Road Lagos State and Sunday Oluleye (25) of number 55 Governors Road Oju Ore Ota. One of the suspects escaped with one locally made pistol.
Mr. Adejobi said efforts were ongoing to apprehend the runaway suspect.