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Crime Updated: May 12, 2024

Police arrest cultists linked to kidnapping, terrorism in Delta

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 12, 2024
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The Delta State Police Command has detained three suspected cultists in connection with kidnappings in Ughelli, Warri, Sapele, and surrounding areas of the Oghara community in the state's Ethiope-West Local Government Area.

The police also seized firearms and ammunition from suspects apprehended in Oghara, Koko, and Sapele.

On May 9, 2024, a Police Special team led by Commissioner of Police, CP Olufemi Abaniwonda, detained the accused, who are members of the Eiye Confraternity.

ASP Julius Robinson commanded the squad that acted on technically generated intelligence.

Police also seized firearms from the suspects, including one automatic pump action pistol and one new AK-47 rifle with an empty magazine.

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The Delta State Police Command's Public Relations Officer, SP Bright Edafe, confirmed the situation in a statement signed and made available to newsmen. 

He stated that the police special squad attacked Oghara town on 9/5/2024 at about 0430hrs and apprehended a 28-year-old suspect who is a member of the Eiye confraternity. 

According to SP Edafe, “The suspect led the operatives to a hotel in Koko Junction Oghara where another suspect aged 46 years and a member of Eiye confraternity was arrested and an automatic Pump Action gun was recovered from him.

“Consequently, upon further interrogation of the two suspects, they led the operatives to the arrest of another 32-year-old suspect in Sapele Delta State where one new AK-47 rifle and an empty magazine were recovered.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects are linked to a series of kidnappings in Ughelli, Warri, Sapele, and the environs. The suspects are in custody and the investigation is ongoing.”

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Meanwhile, eight suspected cult members have been detained by the Ekiti State Police Command. The suspected cult members are reportedly students of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday that the arrest on Tuesday followed the intervention of men of the Command’s Rapid Response Squad following a distress call.

Abutu said in a statement on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Adeniran Akinwale, “At about 18:00 hours, the command received a distress call that some suspected members of Buccaneer Confraternity Alora Sea Lord secret cult group were conducting themselves in a manner that could cause a breach of peace on the campus of EKSU.”

He said that the command immediately deployed the RRS to the scene where eight suspected cult members were arrested.

Abutu listed the suspects as “Onifade Akinsola (400L Political Science), Olatunde David (400L Computer Science), Omoboyowa Olabode (400L Political Science), Daniel Oluwagbenga (300L Accounting), Adeleke Tolani (300L Sociology), Andrew Ochuko (300L Sociology), Bamiduro Olawale (CarryOver Student of Political Science), and Adelakun Omoniyi (2023 graduate).

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The PPRO stated, “During the operation, some of the fleeing gang members fired gunshots at the Armoured Personnel Carrier conveying the RRS operatives and damaged the windshield. Efforts are in progress to arrest them and recover the weapons in their possession.

“Exhibits recovered from the arrested suspects are two yellow fez caps with Buccaneer Confraternity Alora Sea Lord secret cult logo and an inscription that reads – Santa Barbara Love Victory and Perfection."

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