By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Police in Delta State said it has arrested no fewer than over 100 suspected cultists recently, following the war declared on cultism in the state.
The Ag. Public Relations Officer of the Command DSP Edafe Bright made the disclosure in a release at the weekend.
According to the release, some of them were arrested during cross fire with police operatives while some apprehended during an initiation process.
Giving details of one of the arrests, Edafe said one Lucky Eluga a.k.a DJ Lucky, 27, of old Okpe street, Jeddo in Okpe Local Government area was arrested following a confessional statement by a suspect in the course of further investigation.
He disclosed that Lucky has confessed being a valid member of aye confraternity, adding that exhibit which includes a face cap, black and axe logo were recovered from him.
It reads in part ” On the 15/7/2021 at about 2050hrs, Commander of RRS Delta and team while on visibility patrol along Ibusa-Ogwashi-Uku – Issele-Azagba road after Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, received information that a group of suspected cultist came out from the bush with intent to cause mayhem.
The commander RRS, led men immediately, the cultist who were armed on sighting the police, quickly retreated back to the bush, but the police did not relent, they chased them into the bush, there was exchanged of gun fire, the hoodlums who could not withstand the firepower of the police threw away one AK 50 rifle with breach No. NA48333 containing a full loaded magazine with nineteen (19) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and escaped.
The rifle was recovered while effort is on to arrest the fleeing suspects.
Similarly, a cult initiation process was foiled on the 3rd of july, SACU operatives acting on in intelligence gathered that there is will be cult initiation in Ogume community in Ogume Local government area of Delta state, SACU operative stormed the bush at night, and successfully arrested over 28 suspect. Eight suspected Aiye confraternity cult members were also arrested in Warri.
Further investigation and the confessional statement of one of the suspects led to the arrest of one Lucky Eluagu (m) alias DJ Lucky age 27years of old Okpe Street Jeddo in okpe local government area, the suspect confessed being a valid member of aye confraternity. Exhibit recovered from him includes a face cap with black axe logo”.
Edafe stated further that the Commissioner of police has mandated DPOS and tactical commanders to embark on continuous Raid of cultist hideout, suspected cultist from different cult groups have so far been arrested, and will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police Delta stateCP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, PSC+ has mandated DPOS to maintain and sustain this Tempo because Delta state under his watch will never be a safe haven for cultist to hibernate