Five suspected cultists who claimed to be students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) have been arrested during a cult initiation ceremony.
Spokesperson of the Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, April 26, said the suspects were arrested during the initiation rite held in a bush behind the school campus in Iworoko-Ekiti.
He explained that the Police Rapid Response Team acted on a tip-off and burst into the initiation venue to stall the exercise.
Those arrested were Adeyeye Adeyemi, 29, Adeyemi Tobi, 25, Moyosore Onajobi,22, Dickson Godwin,23, and Olowosaye Martins, 21.
“The information was received by the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ekiti State Command, that some members of the Black Axe (Aiye) secret confraternity were holding an initiation rite inside a bush behind the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Campus, Iworoko-Ekiti,” Abutu stated..
On sighting the police team, the command’s spokesman said the suspects shot sporadically but later bowed to the superior power of the security operatives, leading to the arrest of five of them while others took to their heels and escaped.
“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of the RRS Operatives, in synergy with the police personnel attached to Iworoko Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and stormed the bush where the suspected cultists shot sporadically on sighting the police,” the statement added.
Items recovered from the scene included a small-sized locally made pistol, two expended cartridges, a gallon containing liquid drug, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, and two motorcycles.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Tunde Mobayo, ordered a thorough investigation of the arrested suspects and asked the security operatives to ensure they apprehend the fleeing suspects.
According to him, the police will not give cult activities a breathing space in the face of other security challenges currently bedevilling the country.