The Rivers State Police Command, Monday revealed how two accused cultists, Baridapdo Igia and Elvis Gordon of the Kereken-Boue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, kidnapped and buried alive Praise Daakian, former chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC).
The accused and his partner buried the victim alive after receiving N200,000 as part of the payment for a ransom from the victim's wife, according to the Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, who paraded them before journalists at the Rivers State Police Command.
He said, “Anti-Cultism Unit arrested Baridapdo Igia, 33yrs ‘m’ and Elvis Gordon, 26yrs ‘m’, two suspected armed robbers and kidnappers in Kereken-Boue community of Khana Local Government Area.
"After a series of interrogations, the duo confessed to being leaders of Iceland and Degbam cult groups in Khana Local Government Area, respectively and have been terrorising Khana Local Government Area for the past three years.
"During interrogations, they also admitted to kidnapping and burying alive one Praise Daakian, a former CDC Chairman in Khana Local Government Area.
"They murdered the victim after collecting the sum of NGN200,000 as part of payment for his ransom from the victim’s wife.
“The duo also confessed to murdering nine other victims from 2021 to 2023 and were the main reason for the partial evacuation of the community within this same period. Investigations are still ongoing to uncover the full scale of the suspects’ operations.”
According to CP Disu, officers of the command attached to C4i Intelligence detained one Emmanuel Essien and Marshal Ime, who confessed to being members of a four-man armed robbery group notorious for terrorising portions of Port Harcourt in recent times.
He claimed that one of the suspects, Essien Emmanuel, told the operators that he had been arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned three times for various crimes.