By: Oluwatoyin Malik and Oluwabamise Ademola, January 17, 2016
Twenty-three-year-old Kazeem Tiamiyu, a member of the Black Axe Confraternity, was not an easy adversary while he was still an active cult member. Though some of the members of his group who had terrorised Ogun State had either died during encounter with the police or were arrested and charged to court, Tiamiyu, until early this month, managed to evade arrest.
But since evil doers could only run but not hide forever, the day dawned for the Number Six man when he was arrested on January 3, 2016 by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ogun State Police Command.
Before his arrest, Tiamiyu and his cult members were reported to have killed so many people among rival cult members and members of the public whom they perceived as stumbling blocks to the success of their criminal outings. One of their victims was a prominent businessman in Ijebu Igbo and chairman of Ijebu North Police Community Relations Committee, Chief Tola Okuneye.
The Aye cult members believed that Chief Okuneye was the one giving the police information about their activities and so decided to eliminate him. The 69-year-old man was murdered on Sunday, April 6, 2014 inside St. Johns Anglican Church, Oke Sopin, Ijebu Igbo. Not only that, they also cut off his ear which they took away as a spoil! But Tiamiyu claimed that he was only shown the chief’s ear by the hit men, led by one Oluwafemi Alawunmi a.k.a Femi Kuti, after the chief’s murder.
Speaking on the activities of cultists in the state during the week, the police image maker in Ogun State, DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who spoke on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, disclosed that Kazeem Tiamiyu (23), a strong member of Neo Black Movement of Africa Confraternity a.k.a. Black Axe, popularly called Aye, was picked up at Oreagba Street, Ondo Road, Ijebu Ode on January 3, at about 3a.m., by SARS operatives.
“The suspect confessed his membership of the cult group and disclosed that he had been part of the killings by his cult group. He is a ‘butcher’, which makes him a major hit man of Aye Confraternity in Ijebu Ode and Ogun State generally.
“Many weapons were recovered from the suspect, including a double-barrel cut-to-size gun, a single barrel cut-to-size gun, four single-barrel short guns, seven rounds of live cartridges, expended cartridge and assorted charms, the PPRO stated.
Adejobi said that Tiamiyu had given the police useful information and would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.
The suspect, who was calm throughout the period of interview with Crime Reports, confessed his membership of Aye Confraternity. According to Tiamiyu, “I am from Ijebu Ode. I have killed five people with my cult group. I didn’t follow others to kill Chief Tola, but I was aware of his killing. Those who killed him cut his ear and brought it to show us as a mark of victory. They also warned us against telling anyone of their involvement.
“Those who killed him included Femi Kuti, Kazeem a.k.a. Jawando, Abbey, Akeem. The last killing was in April 2015 when my cult clashed with Eiye group. The Eiye cultists were the ones who first killed someone from my cult group and we retaliated by killing one of them too.”
How I joined Aye cult group
“I was told that we were going to a birthday party and when we got there, we were told that it was a cult group. They drew a gun and threatened that if we should report to the police, they would kill us. That was in 2012. I was at Abraham Adesanya College of Education before I dropped out. Others are from Ijagun in Ijebu Ode.
I was number six in the cult. My cult name is ‘Butcher’. We engaged in rivalry clash as a group. I was referred to as hit man but anyone of us could play this role. I didn’t know anything about the murder of Iyaloja. I want the police to have mercy on me, as I am ready to repent.”
Saying that the police command has zero tolerance for cultism in Ogun State, the PPRO remarked:
“Members of the public should get across to the police whenever there is any problem through the control room numbers which are 08081770416 and 08081770419. The PRO’s office line is 08123822910.”