Detectives attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, yesterday discovered a shrine used by fraudsters at Abule Ifa in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Two of the ring leaders of the syndicate, who used the den as hideout to defraud innocent people, were arrested. The Commander of the Zonal Intervention Squad, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Gbenga Megboope, led the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the zone, Abdumajid Ali, and the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, to the shrine.
The operatives had monitored the suspects in the community for a month. During the raid yesterday, the police arrested the ring leaders, Kayode Oseni (52) and Taiwo Adeleke (47).
The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the police recovered a massive edifice with several fetish objects, charms, shrine and some inscription that indicated names of prominent dignitaries who had fallen victims to the suspects.
He said: “The visit to the scene by the AIG was to design a possible means of taking over the dangerous den. The AIG also reiterated his readiness to set all machineries in motion to tackle crime and criminality within the zone.”
Ali, however, said all necessary legal steps would be taken to take over the structure and dislodge the syndicate. He urged the residents of the community to be more vigilant about people who come around for such deal. The AIG also ordered that the suspects be arraigned