By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
The Delta State Police Command has arrested 23 suspected cultists in Ogwashi Uku, Achalla-Ibusa, and Okpanam communities in renewed raids.
Police Commissioner in the state Mustapha Muhammad who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to journalists in Asaba on Thursday, disclosed that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday in line with intelligence at Ogwashi Uku, Okpanam and Acalla Ibusa Divisions adding that the suspects confessed in their statement that they were members of the vickings confraternity.
CP Mustafa Muhammad said: “the police anti-cultism units of the Divisions were given matching orders to fish out suspected cultists who have been terrorizing the state, especially in Okpanam, Ogwashi Uku, Achalla Ibusa communities and 23 suspects were arrested, and are currently being detained for further investigation”
The police boss further disclosed that the police were ready to bring to book hoodlums who may have regrouped to make lives unbearable for unsuspecting residents of the state and warned that it will not be business as usual for criminals operating in the state .
He said,”we have positioned our nen and officers of the police force at the flash point areas with a view to arresting hoodlums and bring them to book ahead of the yultide celebrations, and we called on law abiding members of the public to always provide the police with useful information that will be treated in Confidence to assist the police in its investigation”.
The police boss said that the police recovered battle axes and knives from the suspects adding that the suspects will be charged to court on the completion of investigation.
According to him,”some of the suspects claimed they were under graduates of the state m-owned polytechnics and university.
“We are investigating their claims” and called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid what will bring shame to them if they are involved in any crimes and assured Deltans of the police continued protection of lives and properties