Lawrence Enyoghasu, Lagos, Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested eight persons suspected to be members of a cult gang, Neo-Black Movement, otherwise known as the ‘Black Axe’, while on a candlelight procession for a dead member in Ogijo Town, Sagamu Local Government Area.
The arrest was made on September 24 following a report lodged at Ogijo police station where a 16-year-old boy identified as Onome Iduru was rushed to after being shot in the stomach by the gang who were in a funeral procession in honour of their departed colleague.
According to Command spokesman DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the cultists dispossessed the victim of his mobile phone and went ahead to unleash terror in 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, were arrested after serious encounter with the policemen.
‘A banner designed with the group insignia to announce the death of their member was recovered from them while the injured victim was taken to Oladayo hospital for medical attention.
‘The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation. The CP, therefore, warned that any group or individual who engaged in any activity capable of undermining the peace of the state will be dealt with in a very decisive manner, he then appealed to parents to warm their wards not to be part of any unlawful society as the results may be catastrophic,’ he stated.