The Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Adeyinka Mafe, has denied any connection with some suspected cultists arrested for alleged murder by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) in Obada Oko, Abeokuta.
The lawmaker said he was shocked by media reports linking him as sponsor of four cult members held by the ZIS of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos. The suspects, including Olushola Adedeji, Olusegun Olalekan a.k.a Musket, Azeez a.k.a Anene and Abolore a.k.a A.B, were recently apprehended in Sagamu for allegedly shooting to death a resident in the town.
But speaking in an interview with journalists, Mafe, representing Sagamu 1 State Constituency on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), said his hands are clean in the matter.
He said at no point did the police invite him for questioning, adding that the murder he was accused of sponsoring occurred in Sagamu about seven years ago during a cult clash. Mafe, who also said he was aware of moves by the lawmaker representing Remo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, to frustrate him, claimed that his adversaries were using some elements within the Zone 2 Command, Lagos to settle political scores.
The Majority Leader also challenged the police to produce four suspects they claimed to have arrested and charge them to court He said: “I was very shocked to read about the report because as an honourable man and the majority leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, I do not have a business sponsoring cultists, especially at this moment when I have nothing to gain in sponsoring them.
“I am more surprised because this is coming at a time when we all know that Ladi Adebutu is visiting Sagamu and it is in the public domain he’s the one sponsoring the fake news against my person.
“I was aware of the person that was reportedly killed, he was killed about seven years ago and it is in the public domain that he was killed during an infighting between cult groups and both sides recorded casualties; he was one of them.”
Mafe recalled how the state government had been striving to ensure peace in Sagamu and stamp out cultism in the town. He said: “We have been working to have peace in Sagamu and that is what we are enjoying today and it saddens my heart that somebody is bringing the name of Sagamu and Remo in the news for bad reasons because we’ve worked on these boys, counselled them and reorientated them and we are enjoying peace in Sagamu.
“It’s a pity that Ladi Adebutu is trying to muscle out opposition to his ambition in Remo because he believes he owns Remo, but at the appropriate time, we will let him know Remo is not for sale and he can’t buy Remo.”