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One dies, Police arrest 46 suspects as cult groups clash in Kwara

One dies, Police arrest 46 suspects as cult groups clash in Kwara

The Kwara Stats Police Command says it has arrested 46 suspects in connection with cult clashes in some areas of the State capital.

A Press Statement from the Information Unit of the State Police Command, said in the early hours of April 13th, 2024, a disturbing incident of culpable homicide occurred at Ile-Film/Bolanta Road in Ilorin where suspected cultists attacked and fatally shot one Adelodun Farouq, a 36-year-old from Eleran Compound dead.

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“The victim was buried according to Islamic rites without the knowledge of the Police. Preliminary investigations indicate that one Abubakar Gobir, a member of the Ayee confraternity, was involved in the crime.

“Later that evening, at about 2000hrs, reports emerged of further cult activities in Ile-Alawo Compound, Center Igboro. Unidentified cultists assaulted Abdullahi Alao, a 35 year old motorcycle rider, with a machete cut to his head. Alao was subsequently taken to an unknown location by his younger brother. led by detectives, initiated a thorough search of the area.

“On April 14th, 2024, another incident of criminal conspiracy involving suspected cultists was reported in various areas including Baboko, ile Onimago, Adabata, and Eruda. miscreants engaged in a violent confrontation; a free for all combat, using weapons such as broken bottles and stones, leading to the blockage of Baboko Road. Swift action was taken by the DPO C Division and six patrol teams, supported by men of the community policing were mobilized to quell the disturbance.

“During the operation, 46 suspects were apprehended and handed over to the State Command Anti-Cultist Unit for further investigation.

“14 out of the 46 suspects arrested have been linked to the recent cult activities in the Ilorin metropolis. Normalcy has since been restored to the affected areas, the road barricades have been cleared, and residents are able to resume their daily activities,” the statement read.

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Meanwhile, Victor Olaiya, Commissioner of Police, however urged citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the Authorities.