TWO young men who claimed to be HND 2 students of Mechanical Engineering at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, have been arrested for unlawful possession of arms and suspected cultism by the Oyo State Police Command.
Crime Reports learnt that the suspects, identified as Oyedeji Paul and Olaniyi Olufemi, were intercepted on January 20, 2015 at about 12.45a.m. when a patrol team, led by one Inspector Waheed Oyetola, attached to Sango Division, was on night patrol along First Bank/Poly Road axis.
The suspects were reported to have been found with a brown bag containing one locally-made pistol with 10 rounds of live cartridges, two identity cards, one wrist watch, three handsets and N550.
When the young men were interrogated on the reason for moving about at such an ungodly hour, they were unable to give a satisfactory explanation, it was learnt. On the gun and other items found with them, one of the suspects, Olufemi, was said to have told the policemen that a friend of his called Brian who is also an ND 2 student of the same institution gave them to him.
Crime Reports reliably gathered that Olufemi disclosed to the police that they were with some other students (names withheld) who were union leaders.
Police preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects belonged to Black Axe confraternity also known as Aye. A scar was reportedly discovered on the back of one of the suspects, Oyedeji, and he was said to have confessed that it was inflicted on him by his cult members.
When contacted, the police image maker, Adekunle Ajisebutu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the story, saying that the suspects had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit (SARS), Ibadan, for further investigations.