The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested two members of the Eiye Confraternity allegedly hired by a yet-to-be-identified notorious land-grabber to unleash terror on some communities in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects, Oladayo Bello, 34, and Awobajo Muritala, 40, were arrested last week Tuesday when the police stormed their hideout in the area.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement.
Oyeyemi said the suspects’ arrest followed information received by the Divisional Police Officer, Ogijo, CSP Muhammed Baba, that a group of Eiye Confraternity members were gathering at the Kanniyi area of Shimawa.
The PPRO said the suspects were planning to attack some communities in the area on the instructions of the land-grabber when they were arrested.
Oyeyemi stated, “On the strength of the information, the DPO led his operatives to the already identified hideout, where no less than 20 members of the group were met with various types of weapons.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums opened fire on them and ran in various directions in a bid to escape.
“The operatives restrained from firing back to avoid killing innocent members of the public, but they chased after the hoodlums and apprehended two of them.”
Oyeyemi added that two cut-to-size guns, five live cartridges, two expended cartridges, one battle axe, assorted charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the scene.
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
According to the PPRO, the CP ordered that the fleeing members of the group must be found and brought to justice.
“The CP warns land-grabbers to stay away from the state as he will not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody caught trying to disturb the peace of the state under any guise,” Oyeyemi added.