A kingpin of Aiye Cult and a suspected robber, Adebayo Taoreed, has been nabbed by men of Anti-Cultism Unit, Osun State Police Command.
The suspect, it was learnt, was arrested along Osogbo/Ikirun Road after being on the police watch list for months.
Adebayo, popularly known as Small Rugged, was allegedly involved in several murder and robbery incidents around Osogbo, Osun State capital.
A police source said Adebayo and one Esubiyi, who had been arrested and charged to court alongside one other person, allegedly killed a man identified as Bode at Shadiat Area of Osogbo and went away with some of the victim’s valuables, including N4m cash.
The source also said Adebayo allegedly killed one Adedeji at Tinumola Estate, and shot one Ibidun Alaanu on Church Street Osogbo.
“Though Ibidun did not die, he lost his eyes to the attack,” the source added.
The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Folasade Odoro, confirmed Adebayo’s arrest.
She said, “Osun State Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure that everyone involved in the criminal activities linked to the suspect in custody is arrested.”
In a related development;
The Rivers State Police Command on Thursday paraded 12 suspected cult members, four suspected kidnappers and four suspected armed robbers.
Among the suspects were two alleged kidnappers who on May 3, 2019 abducted Reverend Father Donatus Ukaolor. According to the police, the suspects have made useful confessions and efforts are ongoing to apprehend other members of their gang.
Speaking to journalists on Friday at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel, noted that operatives of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit, led by commander Adaka Justin, rounded up the kidnappers after storming their hideout at Eneka, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.