Police arrest Dubai-based footballer over cultism in Osun

A 27-year-old Dubai-based footballer, Yusuf Baoku has been arrested by the police over attempted murder and membership of unlawful society in Osun State.

Baoku was paraded alongside armed robbery suspects at Osun State Police Command, Osogbo yesterday. He confessed that he joined Alora Confraternity to have social protection from hoodlums.

“I am a professional footballer based in Dubai but when I had an injury, I came to Nigeria for treatment. I was at Igbajo Polytechnic when some guys were threatening me. I decided to join cult for my social security,” he said.

Public Relations Officer, Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, who briefed reporters, said a sharp cutlass was recovered from Baoku.

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She said: “He was apprehended by the patrol team of Anti-Cultism Squad at Igbajo town, Osun State while other members of the gangsters took to their heels immediately they sighted Police vehicle. The suspects were apprehended in connection with a case of attempted murder of one Ajayi David and assault of one Tiamiyu Adesola, a student of Igbajo Polytechnic.”

Opalola also said John Michael, Alabi Ajewole and Olojo Christopher were arrested after they allegedly stole two Toyota Corolla cars, which were sold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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