Police arrested three suspected cultists on Monday, after they reportedly engaged men of the Ogun command in a gunfight around Lafenwa in Abeokuta.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday, that the cultists were said to be members of the notorious Aiye cult group that had been disturbing people in the State.
The statement read partly, “the suspects, Jonathan Oshinalu, Kola Bolugbe, and Jimoh Aliu a.k.a Alaayan were arrested following an intelligence report received by the SWAT officials on a notorious cult leader simply known as “Ben.
“The cult leader was holding a nocturnal meeting with his group at Ogun radio, Mile 2 area of Lafenwa, Abeokuta, for the purpose of launching another attack in some parts of the metropolis.
“Upon the report, the SWAT team, in conjunction with men of Lafenwa and Ilupeju divisions moved to the area. But on sighting the policemen, Ben and his deadly group engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes.
“At the end of the encounter, the said Ben escaped with bullet wounds while three among them were apprehended.
“The hoodlums, during the attack, destroyed the patrol vehicle of Lafenwa division before they were subdued by the superior firepower of the police. An unregistered Lexus 330 car they used for their operations was also recovered by the SWAT team,” Oyeyemi said.