By Samuel Faleye, Akure
No fewer than 15 suspected secret cult members have been arrested by police in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
According to the police, the suspects were said to have been arrested during Christmas and New Year festival periods following the rise of violence in Akure.
A police officer was also said to have been killed by the cultists during the last year December.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph who disclosed this to newsmen said the suspected cultists were arrested at different locations within the Akure metropolis .
He listed names of suspects as Olamiju Abiodun, 25, Adejuyigbe Josua, 22, Tayo Agboola, 22, Orebe Boluwaji, 33, Oluwadar Akinbobola, 17, Oluwaseun Olajide, 21, Adesina Olasunkanmi 18 and Alaba Raji, 19.
Others are : Ajibola Olanrewaju, 25, John Isaac, 18, Haruna Friday 18, Omotoso Shina, 26, Ekene Ereozo, 25, Mathew Ogu, 36 and Uche Odoh 30.
Joseph said, “The suspects were arrested at different locations in Akure. During the routine patrol of our men to ensure that we had peaceful Christians and New Year Celebration, the suspects were arrested in their different hideouts in the town ,
“Some of them were arrested during the initiations of new members into their cult groups while some were arrested while holding their meetings. ”
Joseph also disclosed that various dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects which he said included : axes, cultlases, matchetes, cut-to-size locally-made pistols, charms among others.
He however stated that the suspects had been charged to court and had been remanded in prison custody.
He appealed to the parents to always monitor the movements and the friends of their wards, reiterating that the command would not relent in making Ondo State crime-free.