Army arrests wanted cult leader in Ondo

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…As Several injured in bakery gas explosion***

The men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State, on Friday said it had arrested a man identified as Abiola Oseni for cult-related crimes in state.

The suspect was said to be among the notorious cult members who had been on the wanted lists of security agencies in the state.

According to the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Oio Adelegan, the suspect was arrested in Owo, the headquarters of the Owo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday. He said the suspect was a member of Black Axe Confraternity.

Adelegan said, “In continuation of Exercise Egwu Eke III in Ondo State, the Troops of 32 Artillery Brigade in collaboration with other security agencies recorded another milestone in the fight against criminality with the arrest of Abiola Oseni, aka Oje, a gang leader of a notorious cult popularly known as Black Axe Confraternity in Owo.

“Oseni, who has been on the wanted list was arrested following a tip-off. His gang and other cult groups have been terrorising Owo community and its environs for a long time.”

Adelegan enjoined the people to always inform the army and other security agencies of crime in their vicinities, adding that the suspect had been handed over to the appropriate security agency for further investigation and prosecution.

In the meantime, a powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists said.

A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am (0800 GMT) in the city’s 9th district, a residential and shopping area.

Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street and the lower part of the building blown out and in flames. Parked cars were also damaged in the blast.

An AFP photographer saw at least one person being carried away on a stretcher from the building by firefighters.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and evacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured at the scene.

Punch with additional report from AFP