The Edo State Police Command has arrested 124 persons over alleged involvement in cult fightings and killings in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammed Dankwara revealed this during a press briefing with journalists in Benin City.
CP Dankwara noted that, the suspects were arrested by operatives of Anti-cultism, Anti-kidnapping and Cyber crime Units of the command, in collaboration with the Edo State Security Network.
He added that, seven persons were killed during a cult fight, while 14 suspects are under investigation to unravel further information received during profiling.
“Recall there was up-surge in secret cult activities and killings in the state where some faceless cultists had clandestine meetings in hotels, apartments, lounges, houses, drinking joints of different locations in the city and discussed on how to attack and kill their perceived rival secret cult members”
“The command has arrested 124 suspects in our fight against cult fighting and killings. 97 of this suspects were charged to court and 13 suspects were released after profiling”.
The Commissioner of Police, however, warned members of the public, as well as sponsors of secret cult, to withdraw from giving out monies, hotel accommodations, apartments, lounges, or any other dwelling place for clandestine meetings.
According to him, “any one found guilty would be arrested and prosecuted in court while such properties would be sealed by interpretation of the law”.