The Delta State Police Command has declared war on cultism and has arrested over a hundred (100) cultists and also foiled an initiation process.
On Thursday, July 15, 2021 around 9:00pm, Commander of RRS, Delta, CSP Mosidi Dadi and his team of officers, while on a 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.
CSP Dadi immediately led his team to scene and upon sighting the police, the cultists quickly retreated into the bush, but the police chased after them into the bush. Seeing that they were at the edge of being caught, the cultist who were armed, opened fire on the police officers and there was an exchanged of gun fire.
The cultists could not withstand the firepower of the Delta police became jittery, 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 took to their heels. 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 by the Delta State Anti-Cult Unit (SACU) operatives acting on an intelligence report gathered, that there will be a cult initiation in Ogume community in Ogume Local government area of Delta state.
SACU operatives stormed the bush and successfully arrested over twebty-eigth (28) suspects. Eight (8) 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 alias DJ Lucky a 27-years-old of old Okpe Street Jeddo in Okpe local government area of Delta state.
The suspect confessed being a valid member of the aye confraternity. Exhibit recovered from him includes a face cap with black axe logo.
Suspected cultist from different cult groups have so far been arrested, and will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation
The Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Mohammed Ali has mandated DPOs and Tactical Commanders to embark on continuous raid of cultist hideouts. He has also mandated DPOs to maintain and sustain the tempo because, according to him “Delta state under my watch will never be a safe haven for cultist to hibernate”.
In the vein, around 6:00pm same Thursday, the ‘B’ Division, Warri patrol team, while on a stop and search mission at Igbudu area of the state, had an encounter with three (3) armed men gang suspected to be armed robbers. The gang were armed with a locally made gun and on sighting the Police opened fire, a gun battle ensued and one of the robbers that was armed with a locally made gun was fatally injured while others escaped.
Items recovered are: one (1) locally made gun, one (1) live cartridge and one (1) expanded cartridge. Effort is ongoing to track down the fleeing suspects.
Meanwhile, the Eagle-Net Special Squad operatives while on stop and search at Otukutu junction Warri on 15th of July, 2021 sighted two young men, the suspects on sighting the police attempted to run but were given a hot chase by the police which led to the arrest of one Mohammed Umar, an 18-years-old man from Raba LGA, Sokoto State and a 20-years-old Aliyu Abubakar from Danko Wasagu LGA, Kebbi State.
It was discovered that Abubakar had sustained a broken arm and injuries on his back which craved suspicion and after a thorough search on the said suspects, one (1) live cartridge, one (1) mini Techno phone, three-thousand (3000)naira, some stick of cigarettes and one lighter was found in their possession. Investigation is ongoing and they will be charged to court when investigation is concluded.