The Ogun State Police Command has verified the apprehension of nine individuals believed to be cult members after a weekend confrontation between rival cult factions in Sagamu resulted in the deaths of eight individuals. Speaking during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday, Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alamutu disclosed that the root cause of the clashes was a land transaction in the town.
“A land was sold and some form of commission or settlement was paid to a cult group by the owner of the land.
” A rival cult group got to know about the payment and went after members of the other group in a bid to get a share of the commission.
“The situation degenerated into an attack and counter-attack situation which started from Wednesday and continued till Sunday, leading to the death of 8 persons,” Alamutu said.
The police boss revealed the arrest of some of the kingpins of the rival cult groups.
He stated that nine suspects had been arrested with evidence of their involvement in the killings.
He added that two guns and some rounds of cartridges with evidence that they were recently fired, were recovered from the suspects.
The investigation, according to the Police boss, is still ongoing into the killings.
In the meantime, Mr. Jubril Odulate, the Chairman of the Local Government Area, has enforced a motorcycle usage curfew in the region from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily, as authorities work towards reestablishing tranquility in the turbulent town.