By Onome Oghenetga
The Delta State Police Command has arrested over one hundred suspected members of various cult groups in Warri, Ogume and Jeddo in the Warri South, Ndokwa West and Okpe Local Government Areas of the state.
Similarly, operatives of the command also foiled a midnight initiation ceremony by a cult group at a forest in Ogume community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.
The command in a statement on Saturday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, also announced the arrest of some suspected armed robbers terrorizing residents of the state.
Giving details of the arrest, Edafe said operatives of the command nabbed 28 suspects in the foiled initiation ceremony that was holding at a bush in Ogume on Thursday.
He added that eight suspected cultists believed to be members of Aiye confraternity were also arrested in Warri while one suspected cultist identified as Lucky Eluagu alias DJ Lucky was arrested in Jeddo in Okpe LGA.
The statement disclosed that its operatives attached to the State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) also recovered an AK-50 rifle from members of a cult group in the polytechnic community of Ogwashi-Uku while attempting to cause breach of peace in the area.
“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 cultists came out from the bush with intent to cause mayhem.
“The commander RRS led men immediately. The cultists who were armed on sighting the police, quickly retreated back to the bush…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 suspects.
“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”, the statement partly read.