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Three persons were reported fired by stray bullets when police officers engaged some suspected cultists in a gun duel in Ago-Ika area of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
The fracas broke out between the two parties on Thursday when police officers attached to Anti cultists unit of the command arrested “two wanted cultists” simply identified as ‘’Akuko Beggar’’ and ‘Slim cash’’.
The anti cultism team were said to have been on a routine patrol when they sighted the suspected cultists.
At the point where the “two wanted cultists” were arrested, some of their members around the area were said to have mobilized themselves, attacked the police team and succeeded in setting one of the arrested cultists free.
Members of the cultist group who were armed with dangerous weapon further mobilized themselves to the police divisional headquarters at Enugada area of Abeokuta to rescue the other arrested suspected cultist.
However, the police in a swift reaction responded and engaged the suspected cultists where stray bullet hits three passers-by.
This was contained in statement on Friday by the police spokesperson in the state , Abimbola Oyeyemi.
Mr Oyeyemi said, the three injured victims are recuperating in the hospital while the arrested suspected cultist is still in the police custody.
“The incident happened when the anti cultists team were on routine patrol of the metropolis and sighted two amongst the most wanted cultists who have played major roles in various violent clashes in recent time, who are simply identified as ‘’Akuko Beggar’’ and ‘Slim cash’’. The team then rounded the duo up and got them arrested.
“As soon as they were arrested, some of their members around the place mobilized and attacked the police team; they succeeded in setting free one of the suspects simply known as “Akuko Beggar” after inflicting several machete cut injuries on one of the policemen, but the other suspect Slim cash was taken to custody.
“The hoodlums further mobilized themselves in large numbers, armed with dangerous weapons to attack the divisional headquarters at Enugada, but they were repelled by policemen. In the process, three persons were regrettably hit by stray bullets and they are all recuperating in the hospital” Mr Oyeyemi said.
The Police spokesperson reiterated the command’s commitment to fight against cultism.
“The command therefore wishes to state categorically that the war against cultism will continue, no matter the challenges or propaganda embarked upon by cultists and their sponsors.
“We are determined more than ever to rid the state of these hoodlums who have been terrorizing the state and making life difficult for innocent citizens” Mr Oyeyemi said.
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