Police round up suspected cultists at Onicha-Ugbo, Eri, recovers pistols, cartridges

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Cultists in Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha Local Government and Eri, near Oleh in Isoko South Local Government all in Delta State have been hauled into police net when they were rounded up at different times when men of the Command’s Anti-Cult Unit stormed the suspects’ initiation venue.

Cult suspects arrested at Onicha-Ugbo
Cult suspects arrested at Onicha-Ugbo.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe made this know in a statement in which he stated as follows:

“On 25/09/2021  at about 0145hrs acting on intelligence gathered  that members of Aiye confraternity  a.k.a black axe  were carrying out an initiation in the bush at Onicha-Ugbo community in Aniocha North LGA.

“The Commander, Delta State  Anti Cult Unit (SACU) detailed operatives who  stormed the venue of the initiation that night, they were able tom foil the initiation process and also arrested 10 male suspects while others escaped into the bush.

A cult suspected arrested by the police at Eri
A cult suspected arrested by the police at Eri.

“One   locally made revolver pistol with four (4) live and one (1) expended 9mm ammunition and two expended cartridges were recovered from two of the suspected cultist while some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp,  one  Honda accord car with Reg no. Lagos KSF 586 DU, five  motorcycles  and a bag containing clothes  were recovered from the scene.

“Also, on 24/9/2021 at about 1610hrs, operatives of the Command’s crack

Squad acting on intelligence gathered raided  criminal hideouts in Eri Community near Oleh in Isoko south LGA and arrested one Akpofure Lucky ‘m’ aged 37yrs with a locally made pistol and three live cartridges.

“Suspect confessed that he is a member of the supreme Vikings confraternity. They will be charged to court as soon as investigationis concluded.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Delta State Police Command CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, Psc+ calls on well meaning residents of the state, parent and guardians to caution their wards to shun all form of cult related practices. Cultism is the bedrock of most prevalent crime
in the society today and as such should not be encouraged in any way.

“He also  noted that the command will remain committed in maintaining the already existing peace in the state, security of lives and properties and as such will not tolerate any one who goes against the law. To this effect, he has directed Area commanders, DPOS, tactical
commanders to ensure continuous raiding of criminal hideouts, black spot and constant patrol of their area of responsibilities while urging them to ensure that men deployed should be properly supervised to ensure that they remain civil to members of the public and shun all form of corruption.”

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