September 19, 2020

Perpetrators of Sango/Ifo mayhem will be prosecuted – Ogun Govt.

Ogun State Government says all perpetrators of the mayhem which erupted in Sango/Ifo area of the state will be brought to book.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Security, Mr. Sola Subair made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital explains the government is committed to the security of lives and property of all residents of the state.

Mr Subair hinted that the attention of the Ogun State Government had been drawn to incidences of violence, alleged robberies and related crimes resurfacing in the state especially in the Sango-Ifo axis.

He stressed that the government had moved swiftly into action and the affected towns including Sango, Ijoko, Ifo, among others were currently under security surveillance.

Mr Subair announced that the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun had communicated with all relevant agencies and mandated them, especially the state command of the Nigeria Police to ensure that law and order are restored to all the affected areas.

In the meantime, Nigeria Police, Ogun State Command has arrested nineteen suspects alleged to have been terrorizing Sango-Ifo area in Ogun State.

The state police command spokesperson Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi while speaking with newsmen said it was a rumour that there was armed robbery incident in Adiyan area of Ifo Local Government of the state where no fewer than four people lost their lives.

 Mr Abimbola in a telephone chat said the crisis in Adiyan was a clash between two rival cult groups. He expressed displeasure at people deriving joy in circulating fake news to whip up sentiments among the people.

According to the police spokesperson, the area commander of Ota led police operatives to the area while the commissioner of police had also directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations to visit the area.

He confirmed that about nineteen suspects in connection with alleged robbery and cultists clash in Sango/Ota and Adiyan area were currently in custody.

Mr. Oyeyemi revealed that there were cult clashes and robbery attacks in ifo, Sango, Owode-Ijako, Joju, Ijoko and Agbado areas during the lockdown in the state, noting that the crisis was as a result of supremacy battle between two rival cult groups which escalated into robbery and other criminal activities.

Wale Oluokun

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