The Nigeria Police said they have arrested two suspected cultists for allegedly killing 20 members of rival groups in Ogun State.
The Police Zonal Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said police officers arrested the suspects in Ota and Ifo towns of the state.
“Operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad, Zone 2 Command, Lagos, have arrested 2(two) suspected cultists for their involvement in the killings of more than 20(twenty) members of their gang(Aiye confraternity aka Black Axe) and rival gang(Eye Confraternity) in Otta and Ifo areas of Ogun State,” he said.
Mr. Adejobi said the suspected cultists were arrested while planning to have a meeting and possibly carrying out another killing spree in Agosi area of Ifo.
He said the arrested suspects have confessed to many killings including the murder of one Niyi (surname unknown) aka Neyo, the then number 1 of Aiye confraternity in Ifo. He said that was done to overthrow Niyi.
The police spokesperson said Niyi was axed to death by the duo and others at large at the Western City Street in Ifo, Ogun State, on March 29.
He gave identities of the suspected killers as Sheriff Afeeri and Owoseeni Wasiu, who were arrested with some dangerous weapons including an axe, the logo of Aiye Confraternity.
“The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, has directed proper investigation into the case and apprehension of other members of the gang who have been linked with series of killings in the area and in Ogun State in general,” he said.
Mr. Adejobi added that the AIG has vowed to get the zone rid of cultists and hoodlums who have been terrorizing residents of Lagos and Ogun States.
He said those arrested and others at large will be treated as murderers.