4 suspected cultists in Police net for allegedly raping girl during initiation

By The Citizen

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested four suspected cultists for gang-raping a girl in Ondo town, after which they stole her handset.

According to the police, the victim (identity withheld) was raped as she was being initiated by the cultists.

The command said the rapists were among 14 cultists arrested alongside six suspected robbers, three burglars, one fraudster and four kidnappers terrorising the state.

Parading the suspects, the state Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said items recovered include N11,000 cash, a Toyota Camry marked FST 48 AC valued at N1.7 million, Scania Lorry marked KWC 232XA, among others.

Eke said the Toyota Camry which was stolen at Odode Idanre was recovered in Sapele, Delta State, by police detectives after one Afolabi Abiola took them there.

On the cult members arrested, the police chief said they had been responsible for murder, rape and stealing in Owo, Ondo and Akure towns.

According to him, the cultists were arrested by a team of Special Anti-Cultist Squad, SACS.

Eke said one Alhassan Shittu was duped to the tune of N1.5 million by some fraudsters under the pretext of awarding him a cable contract.

He noted that one Jimoh Ogbo of Bako Kwali in Abuja was later arrested and had confessed and mentioned other members now at large.

The commissioner said seven suspected robbers used a lorry to block the Lagos/Ore expressway to rob a lorry loaded with 800 cartons of fish.

The lorry was later recovered by detectives in Onitsha, Anambra State, adding that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

Eke added that three burglars were arrested after they stole foodstuff, handsets, laptops and other electronics.

On the two policemen shot by suspected robbers, the commissioner said they died in the course of duty. According to him, the deceased were shot when they were deployed to the area following alleged robbery report.