ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Police Command has arrested six suspected members of Eiye cult for allegedly attempting to kill a traditional ruler in his palace.
The suspects: Michael Ayodele; Monday Samuel; Ademola Matthew; Hammed Jelili; Ogundele Ojeh and Sunkanmi Fadina were arrested on Sunday, September 11, 2022.
It was gathered that they were arrested following a distress call received at Oja Odan Divisional headquarters from the Oba of Gbokoto land, Oba G.O Olukunle, at about 4:25p.m. that some cultists were about to kill him in his palace.
Upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Oja- Odan division, quickly mobilized his men and moved to the palace, where they met the hoodlums shooting sporadically within the palace.
The policemen engaged them in a shootout and eventually subdued the cultists and got six of them arrested. On interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed to being members of the dreaded Eiye confraternity.
They also informed the police that it was the son of the Oba who is now at large that invited them to come and eliminate his father because of an unresolved issue the Oba has been having with his mother.
Recovered from them are: one locally made double barrel pistol, two live cartridges and one expended cartridge, while the son of the Oba, has allegedly escaped with another gun belonging to the group.
The state’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for discreet investigation with a view to charging them to court on the conclusion.
The CP also ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing son of the Oba to bring him to justice.