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  • Updated: August 18, 2022

Police Uncover Suspected Ritualist Den With 20 Mummified Bodies In Edo

Police Uncover Suspected Ritualist Den With 20 Mummified Bod

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Police in Edo State have uncovered a den of ritualists with 20 mummified corpses in Benin City.

The state command in a statement issued through its spokesperson, Jennifer Iwegbu, said that three suspects were arrested in the operation.

The Command in the statement said following a tip-off, its operatives were mobilised to a building along Asoro Slope, off Ekenhuan Road, Uzebu Quarters in Benin City where the corpses were discovered.

"In pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, Operatives of the Edo State Police Command 17/08/2022 unravelled a suspected ritual shrine.

"Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhuan Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city. Operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilized to the scene.
"At the scene, 3 suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu ‘M’ and Oko Samuel ‘M’ both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday ‘M’ of Akwa Ibom State were arrested while others fled. An intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.

"15 mummified male corpses, 3 mummified female corpses and 2 mummified children corpses were discovered at the scene," it read.

The Command's spokesman quoted the state police commissioner, Abutu Yaro, to have directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.

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