The Edo Police Commissioner, Muhammad Dankwara, has announced the arrest of 124 suspected secret cult members in various parts of the state.
Addressing newsmen in Benin City yesterday, the Commissioners said that out of the 124 suspects arrested, 97 have been charged to Court, 13 have been cleared and released while 14 others are still under investigation for murder and cult activities in the State.
He said that the Command is working with the government to check the spate of cult killings and other criminal activities in the State.
“On Thursday, 13th July 2023, the Command’s anti-cultism, anti-kidnapping, and cybercrime unit, in collaboration with the Edo State Security Network, while acting on credible information, arrested a total number of 53 male suspects in different locations across the City.
“I want to use this medium to warn all secret cult members of different cult groups to stop the killings. Also, I want to warn all state and non-state actors and sponsors of various secret cult confraternity who give out their monies, hotels, apartments, lounges, houses, drinking joints, or any other dwelling place as support for clandestine meetings to withdraw their patronage or be ready to face arrest and prosecution in Court, and such properties sealed-up through the instrument of the law.”
Dankwara assured the people of the State that operations to get rid of cultism and other heinous crimes in the State are ongoing and will be sustained, and asked for the collaboration and support of residents.
He said that three locally made single barrel guns and two cartridges were recovered from those that were arrested.