27 Dec Nigeria: Successful Joint Operation Leads to Arrest of Notorious Cultists in Osun
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a recent development in Osun, a coordinated effort between the Amotekun and the police led to the apprehension of notorious cultists in Ilesa. The arrest followed an alleged attack on an Amotekun unit deployed for security duties during the Iwude Ijesa festival.
The illicit activities of these suspected cultists came to light when concerned residents reported their actions to the authorities. Responding promptly, a combined team of Amotekun and police raided the suspected cultist dens in Ilesa.
The arrested individuals, namely Kareem Ojo, 32, Adedamola Salamo, 26, Olatunji Ezekiel, 24, Adeyeye Adekunle, 33, and Tope Oguntade, 35, were found in possession of various dangerous weapons, including cutlasses, axes, and charms. Additionally, it was discovered that they were engaged in drug-related activities.
Brigadier-General Bashir Adewinmbi, the Commandant of Osun State’s Amotekun Corp, confirmed the successful operation on Tuesday. He disclosed that the arrests occurred between Thursday and Monday following numerous complaints from residents about the culprits’ activities in the town.
Adewinmbi further revealed that the suspects had long been on the wanted list of the Osun Police Anti-Cultism Unit, emphasizing that they had also targeted and attacked the Amotekun unit during a legal operation in the town.
“During cross-examination, the suspects confessed to being members of the Eiye Confraternity, and they have been members for a long time,” Adewinmbi stated.
The suspects have been handed over to the Police Anti-Cultism Unit for further interrogation and prosecution. This successful collaboration between Amotekun and the police underscores the commitment to maintaining security and eliminating criminal elements within the community.
As we strive for a safer environment, it is essential to acknowledge and support the efforts of security agencies in combating criminal activities and ensuring the well-being of the public.