#OgunUnrest: Police parade 150 suspects in Ifo
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 150 suspected criminals associated with the unrest and breach of peace in Agbado-Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the state.
The suspects were arrested for cultism, thuggery and other forms of acts related to breakdown of law and order during the lockdown.
The State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson paraded the suspects at the Ifo Divisional Police Station on Sunday.
Ebrimson described the incident as clashes between seven rival cult groups following the recent death of a member.
“It a case of cult clashes among seven rival groups within the areas as a result of recent death of one of the members,” he was quoted as saying the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“We deployed our men from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Cultism unit, Anti-Kidnapping unit, the Special Forces and conventional policemen drawn from the Ifo and Ota area commands.
“Our men smoked the suspected criminals out of their hideouts and recovered various weapons.
“We recovered eight locally made guns, 52 live cartridges, eight knives, 12 handsets, two scissors, large quantity of weeds and several cutlasses,” he said.
“It all started on April 4 as a reprisal attack on other rival cult groups from a cult group which had earlier lost a member.
“I want to say that there was no single case of armed robbery or any case of kidnapping that has been reported to us.
“The basic issue is cultism that emanated from the killing of one of them in Ifo and spread to Sango, Ijoko and Agbado areas.”