Four underage girls, whose while range between 10 and 13, had been among the thirteen suspected cultists arrested using the police in Ogun State early this week. According to reports, different male members of the suspected crew have been in their early teens, and their chief barely older. He is 19 years of age.
All the suspects were, at the time of their arrests, residents of Mosunmore Village close to Kobape in Abeokuta, the country capital.
Stunned through the worrisome development, the Baale of the community was said to have alerted the police, sequel to the alarm raised by one of the suspected girl’ s mother.
True to the allegation, detectives connected to Owode- Egba Police Divisional Headquarters, led using the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Shehu Alao, swung into action and succeeded in smoking them out of their camp for the duration of the initiation of every other set of girls.
Speaking on the ugly incident, the nation Police Commissioner, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, disclosed to Crimepuzzle that on Monday at about 6: 30 pm, a lady raised alarm to the Baale of Mosunmore Village close to Kobape, right here in Abeokuta, to the impact that her daughter went out late a day previous.
“Disturbed via the said outing, the female pestered her daughter who later confessed that she was once initiated into a cult group, an improvement the female discovered difficult to conceal to herself and alerted the community head who, in turn, known as in my men.
“Consequently, officers of Owode- Egba Division stormed the location and effectively apprehended the thirteen children in the method of initiating yet every other set of underaged girls” , CP Iliyasu said.
The girls, all primary six school leavers, confessed to being lured into the team via the boys.
Leader of the team regarded as ” Penalty Guys” , 19- year- old Tunde Adio, narrated to Crimepuzzle how he used to be initiated with the aid of one Tosin, also a resident of the community in January, adding that they got here about their own group’ s title throughout the last Easter social gathering when his third- in- command, 13- year- old Adewale Raphael’ s church was once organizing a picnic.
According to Adio, ” we determined to do customized vests, with the inscription ” Penalty Guys” . This was what attracted the ladies and agreed to be initiated” .
Adio’ s second- in- command, Silas Sunday, 15, used to be additionally arrested throughout the police raid.
Meanwhile, CP Iliyasu has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Anti- Kidnapping and Cultism Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for also investigation and prosecution of suspects.