Eight suspected robbers and cult members have been allegedly arrested by men of the Ondo State Police Command for various criminal offences.
The suspects, include three National Diploma (ND) students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Owo (RUGIPO) area of the state.
Police sources informed that the bandits were nabbed during different operations in Owo local government.
The three students were identified as Akinboun Blessing 21, an ND II students of Public Administration Department. Also Fasanu Tolutope 24, who is in ND II from Business Administration Department. And Alabi Oluwaseun 26, a Part Time ND III student of Business Administration.
It was gathered that the suspects always raped most of their female victims after their operations.
They were caught with dangerous weapons including guns, knives and axes among other things by Police detectives in the state.
It was learnt that Fasanu confessed to the police that he was initiated into cultism by one Temitope Adeyeye in 2013, adding that he has also been involved in various rape cases.
Items said to have been recovered from him include one short locally made gun loaded cartridge, one battle dagger and one battle cutlass.
Police source hinted that Alabi confessed that he was initiated into the secret cult in 2013.
Items recovered from Alabi include one dagger, one bag containing one locally made cut to size single barrel gun, one battle cutlass and two cartridges.
Akinboun said he was initiated into the secret cult last year by one Lampard and four others.
He was alleged to have robbed students who live off campus taking away laptops, ATM cards and also raping female students.
The Police Spokesman, Wole Ogode, who confirmed the reported also gave names of other suspects in their custody as Wale Ilori 29, Abayomi Oluwafemi 16, Eze Ogokwe, Taiwo Segun 16 and Ifeanyi Obi .
Ogodo pointed out that Wale was initiated in 2010. The police recovered dangerous weapons from Abayomi which include one UTC knife, one battle axe, one jack knife amongst others.
He added that Eze was arrested for conspiracy and stealing.
He was said to have conspired with others to steal some aluminum steel.
In the case of Ifeanyi, Ogodo said he was arrested for stealing while Taiwo Segun was arrested over unlawful possession of dangerous weapons.
Ogodo said all eight suspects would soon be charged to court after a thorough investigation by police detectives.
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