By Frank Oshanugor
The war declared against cultism and such social vices in Delta State by the State Police Command is not ending anytime soon as over forty suspected cultists have been arrested in several operations.
securityreporters.com gathered that on Thursday at about 8.30pm the Commander of RRS Delta and team while on visibility patrol along Ibusa-Ogwashi-Uku – Issele-Azagba road after Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, received information that a group of suspected cultists came out from the bush with intent to cause mayhem.
The Commander RRS reportedly led his men immediately to confront the cultists who were armed but on sighting the police they quickly retreated back to the bush.
The police team did not relent but chased them into the bush. There was exchange of gun fire during which, the hoodlums who could not withstand the firepower of the police 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 escaped. The rifle was recovered while efforts are being intensified to track down the suspects.
In a related development, a cult initiation process was foiled on a forth night ago by the State Anti Cultism Unit (SACU) operatives who acting on in intelligence gathered that there would be cult initiation in Ogume community in Ogume Local government area of Delta State.
The SACU operatives stormed the bush at night, and successfully arrested over 28 suspects. Eight 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 (m) alias DJ Lucky (27years) of old Okpe Street Jeddo in Okpe local government area. The suspect confessed being a valid member of aye confraternity. Exhibit recovered from him includes a face cap with black axe logo.
The State Police spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe while commenting on the various incidents said the Commissioner of police Ari MohammedAli has mandated Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and tactical commanders to embark on continuous raid of cultist hideouts.
All the arrested suspected cultists from different cult groups according to Edafe would be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police has mandated DPOs to maintain and sustain this tempo because Delta state under his watch will never be a safe haven for cultists to hibernate.