Four underage girls, whose ages range between 10 and 13, were among the 13 suspected cultists arrested by the police in Ogun State, on Monday, August 28, 2017, Crimepuzzle reports.
Other male members of the suspected group are also in their early teens, and their leader is slightly older. He is 19 years of age. They were arrested at Mosunmore Village, Abeokuta
Speaking on the incident, the state Police Commissioner, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, disclosed that at about 6:30 pm on the said day, a woman raised alarm to the Baale of Mosunmore Village, to the effect that her daughter went out late a day previous. .
“Apparently disturbed by the said outing, the woman pestered her daughter who later confessed that she was initiated into a cult group. Consequently, policemen stormed the area and successfully apprehended the 13 youngsters in the process of initiating yet another set of underaged girls,” CP Iliyasu said. .
The girls, all primary six school leavers, confessed to being lured into the group by the boys. .
Leader of the group known as “Penalty Guys”, 19-year-old Tunde Adio, narrated how he was initiated by one Tosin in January, 2017, adding that they came about their own group’s name when his third-in-command, 13-year-old Adewale Raphael’s church was organizing a picnic. .
According to Adio, “we decided to do customized vests, with the the inscription “Penalty Guys”. This was what attracted the girls and agreed to be initiated”. Adio’s second-in-command, Silas Sunday, 15, was also arrested during the police raid. .
Meanwhile, CP Iliyasu has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution of the suspects.