30 Suspects Arrested Over Cult Clashes In Edo State

30 Suspects Arrested Over Cult Clashes In Edo State

30 Suspects Arrested Over Cult Clashes In Edo State

30 Suspects Arrested Over Cult Clashes In Edo State

The Edo state police command displayed thirty suspects on Thursday, including seven women, over their alleged involvement in recent cult-related confrontations that left several people dead in Benin City.

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The individuals were reportedly detained on July 6 following a police operation on criminal hideouts in Siloko, Ogbiyokho, Lawani, and the New Benin axis.

The detainees were paraded by the command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who claimed that they had been detained as a result of recent skirmishes in the state involving cults.

He added that as part of the ongoing clamp down on criminals in the state, the command’s anti-cultism unit raided criminal hideouts and black spots, .

30 Suspects Arrested Over Cult Clashes In Edo State

He said,

“During the raid, 30 suspects comprising 23 males and seven females were arrested. The suspects confessed to being members of various cult groups in the state.”

According to the command’s image-maker, the suspects are made up of members of Eiye, Aiye, Buccaneer, Vikings, and Maphite confraternities.

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In an interview with journalists, the suspects however denied being members of any cult group, saying they only got to know why they were arrested during their parade at the command’s headquarters.

One of the suspects, 40-year-old Rose Okafor, said she was arrested while selling drinks at Parliament Hotel on the Lawani street area of Benin.

The mother of three said she was out to look for her daily bread when she was arrested by the police.

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She said,

“I was arrested by the police at about 9pm. They arrested five of us at the same place and they didn’t tell us why we were arrested. We are only hearing it now that we are cultists. I am not a cults.”

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