The Ogun State Police Command on Thursday said henceforth, it will shoot armed cultists and “ritualists” at sight.
The Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, who gave the order shortly after parading 23 suspected criminals at the State Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, said that the command will no longer tolerate the rising cases of cultism and ritual killings.
He, however, assured that the shoot-at-sight order will not amount to extra-judicial killing because the intention of armed criminals is either to kill or maim.
Mr. Alli also said police would soon raid various campuses in the state to apprehend suspected cult members, adding that the command had identified their hideouts and would get rid of them at all cost.
The commissioner announced at the briefing that the suspects paraded were arrested in connection with murder, kidnapping, cultism and unlawful possession of human skull while several weapons, including guns, cutlasses, assorted charms and expended cartridges, were recovered from them.
On the gruesome killing of Iyaloja of Ijebuland, Sadiat Elewuju, on July 8, the police boss disclosed that one person had been charged to court in connection with the murder but declined to reveal the identity of the suspect.
“Our investigation so far confirmed that he perpetrated the act but tried to hide under a cover that six people were seen.
“We didn’t want to parade him because it’s a case that we have already charged to court. From all available information and the investigation conducted, the boy is a very close person to the woman. He was the person that saw the Iyaloja last, he was also the one that took care of her”, Alli said.
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