Ogun Police Command workers have arrested 11 suspected religious suspects in connection with the killing of three members of a rival gang.
A spokesman for the order, Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed in a statement on Sunday, May 29, that the suspects were members of the Eiye confraternity group suspected of being involved in the recent sectarian war in Abeokuta that killed two people.
One of the victims, Olaosebikan Tejuosho, was killed by suspects in the Isale Abetu area on Friday, March 25.
The accused are Quadri Ogunsanya, Jamiu Kehinde, Adenekan Samuel, Waris Ismail, Olamilekan Hamsat, Bamidele Waliu, Makinde Azeez, Makinde Ifaimin, Makinde Fashakin, Makinde Faleke and Ajeifa Arifasope.
PPRO said the suspects were arrested in the Itoku area of Abeokuta following reliable information obtained by the anti-religious wing order that sects participated in a series of bloody riots in the big city, planning another attack.
“Upon receiving this information, the anti-sectarian officer, CSP Shobiyi Oluwatoshin, mobilized his men and moved to the area where 11 members had been arrested,” PPRO said.
“During cross-examination, the suspects admitted to being members of the infamous Eiye group. They admitted to being involved in a series of sectarian strife, one of which led to the assassination of Olaosebikan Tejuosho in the Isale Abetu area of Abeokuta on March 25, 2022.
“They also pleaded guilty to killing Habib Mego and one other person, known as the School boy (real name unknown) in the Omida area of Abeokuta, all in one day,” Oyeyemi said.
He added that police commissioner Lanre Bankole had ordered a full investigation into the suspects’ activities.
The CP also ordered that other members of the group be hunted down and sentenced.
The chief of police vowed that the order would strengthen the sectarian tensions until the state ended its tumultuous riots.