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58 Suspected Cultists Arrested In Benin

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Edo state commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo on Monday said not less than 58 persons belonging to various cult groups have been arrested in connection with renewed cult war in Benin City that has led to the death of several persons.

The Police boss told LEADERSHIP that they have also intensified their patrol and proactive measures being deployed to stem the tide even as he said most of the reports in the social media as regards of the number of persons killed were misleading.

Although he said he could not immediately give the exact figure of the dead, but he said the number given out to the public was inaccurate.

“So far, we have nothing short of 58, as at the last count, we have 58 of them cult members of different cult groups; Eiye, Vikings, Black Axe, the arrests cut across the various cult groups and we have arms and ammunitions recovered from them too.”

Continuing, Kokumo said “We have also increased our scope of intelligence, deployment has equally being made in all the nooks and crannies of the metropolis and we are doing more of feasibility policing so that that would serve as proactive measure on our part to prevent all these cult killings. The killings have emanated from inter cult rivalry clashes and this of course is not acceptable to us. We are not going to say that the cultists are killing themselves; we will not fold our arms to wait until the cultists start killing non cult members before we rise to the challenge so we are not taking it lightly, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that we nip this criminal activities in the bud.”

On the figure of 20 persons being killed, he said “The figure you see in social media is misleading, very, very misleading, false, complete falsehood I will liaise with the CID who are handling it to get the actual figure. I have always said that investigative journalism will help us, yes there is need to tell our people what is happening around where we are but giving false information can be misleading.”

It was gathered that three persons were killed in several parts of Benin City during the weekend.

One of the victims was killed on Sunday at about 1 pm in Iyobosa Street by Sokponba Street.

He was said to have been trailed to a Pentecostal Church in Eweka Street but did not find him, they were said to have been trailing him to other places within the vicinity they suspect he would be when they found him by Third Junction, he was said to have run to Iyobosa Street where he was killed.

Another of the victims was killed in Isibor Street off Sokponba road while the third victim was said to have been shot by gunmen in Alohan Junction off Erediauwa by Sapele Road.

Some of the black spots in the state capital included Ekenhuan Road by Stadium Road junction. Ekenhuan Road by Akenzua junction, Ekenhuan Road by Asoro junction, Evbuotubu Road, Ugbiyoko, Murtala Muhammed Way by 3rd junction, Murtala Muhammed Way by Uwa junction.

Other identified black spots included Uwasota/five junction/Ibiwe, Siluko Road by Mobil/Traffic light, Siluko by Erhuhunsee, Sapele Road by Ogbelaka/Agip, GRA (Benoni, Boundary Road, Ihama, Giwa Amu, 2nd Ugbor by BIU junction, Abuja Quarters, Airport Road by Irhirhi and several other areas.

 

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