The Oyo Police Command has arrested two suspected cultists terrorising the students of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, recovering guns and knives, among others in their possessions.
Ngozi Onadeko, Commissioner of Police in the state, updating newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan, said the cultists were members of “a notorious armed robbery syndicate” that attacked LAUTECH students’ hostel at Under-G area of Ogbomoso.
The two cultists have paraded alongside seven other suspects by the command on Thursday in Ibadan.
They allegedly committed offences, ranging from armed robbery, housebreaking and obtaining money under false pretences.
The Police Commissioner said that the suspected cultists had on March 20, at about 10.00 p.m, armed with guns and Jack knives, attacked a student, and dispossessed him of his I-phone and stole N1 million cash from his account.
She said that the hoodlums also attacked other students of the institution and stole expensive cell phones, cash and other valuables.
“The long arm of law caught up with them in May, along Ogbomoso axis, in a deliberately planned operation by operatives of the command’s Monitoring Unit, in collaboration with the local vigilantes and hunters.
“Active investigations are ongoing to crackdown members of the criminal gang,” she said.
Onadeko said that the command also arrested three other suspected armed robbers that attacked the residence of one Ben Ama at the Oke-Seni area of Ibadan.
Narrating how the victim was dispossessed of his cell phone, a set of home theatre and an ATM card, which they used to withdraw a sum of N572,000 from his account.
Onadeko said that a sum of N44,000 was recovered from the suspects.
They also paraded a 19-year-old alleged house burglar.
In his possession was two stabilisers, a Plasma TV, a generator, and a pressing iron, among others.
Onadeko said that the business of security was a collaborative effort, advising the state citizens to give timely and adequate information to the police to combat crimes.
She also urged them to go about their lawful businesses.
According to her, tactical intelligence and operational assets had been deployed across the nook and crannies of the state to provide adequate security.