By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
The Police detectives attached to Okpanam Police Division in Okpanam, Delta State, on Wednesday morning arrested six suspected ritualists with 200 female pants in the area.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested on intelligence by the Police detectives in the bush of Okpanam community where they had packaged the pants into a sack bag and in an attempt to move out of the area.
But the Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie, who confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Asaba, gave their names as: Chucks Okolie, Francis Ogbereh, Collins Ederah, Felix Nnamdi, Goodluck John and Steve Akpokona, adding that the suspects upon interrogation confessed to be working for some native doctors in far away Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.
ASP Chucks Orisewezie said ”the Police detectives recovered 200 female pants and N130,000 from the suspects, some fetish materials, three cut-to-size guns and they confessed to the crime that they were working for some native doctors in far away Ijebu Ode in Ogun State. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects are detained at the Okpanam Police Division for further investigation”.
Sources said in the last two weeks in Okpanam, there has been hue and cry of missing female pants from where they are being dried, while young girls are said to be under seige of frequent attacks by unsuspecting ritualists at gun point for them to pull their pants in a commando-like manner.
Some female residents of Okpanam, who spoke to newsmen in the area on condition of anonymity, said: “these ritualists often will drive in front the from of their victims, pretending to be looking for addresses in Okpanam, especially at night, suddenly they will order the victim to pull off her pant and give it to them and drive away in speed”.