17 May 2019

Nigeria: Suspected Cult Leader Arrested 2 Years After Jumping Bail

A suspected leader of a cult group in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Taoreed Adebayo, popularly known as Small Rugged, has been arrested by the police in the state.

Some residents of Osogbo told Daily Trust that Small Rugged was arrested along Ikirun-Osogbo Road by men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness said the policemen trailed the suspect to the area where he was arrested and took him to the police headquarters at Ring Road.

Small Rugged was said to be the leader of the Eiye Confraternity in Osun State and he was arrested and arraigned in court for committing several offences two years ago and was granted bail. He was, however, reported to have jumped bail.

A police source said, "We have arrested Taoreed Adebayo, aka Small Rugged. He has been evading arrest for the past two years that he was granted bail at the court.

"Yes, it is true that he is the leader of Eiye Confraternity in Osun State. He is also the operational partner of one Esubiyi who is presently in Ilesha Prison for cases of murder and armed robbery.

"Adebayo, Esubiyi and one late Hammed Olugbodi killed one Bode at Sadiat area in Osogbo and went away with some valuable items, including cash of N4m.

"They also killed one Adedeji at Tinumola Easte in Osogbo and shot one Ibidun Alaamu at Church Street in Osogbo and the victim lost his sight."

The spokesperson of the command, SP Folashade Odoro, confirmed the arrest, and added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Ige, had directed that the suspect be arraigned in court after proper investigation.

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