Delta octogenarian detained for selling bullets, 51 cultists nabbed

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Men of the Delta State Police Command have arrested a total of 51 suspected cultists during an initiation ceremony in the Ogwashi-Uku area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who disclosed this to journalists on Thursday, said several weapons were recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO stated that on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, the command received a tip-off that some suspected Eiye Confraternity members would be marking an anniversary in Ogwashi-Uku.

Based on the intelligence report, the police spokesman said the command located the venue of the event.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammed Ali, was said to have detailed the command’s Buffalo Patrol Team, operatives from the Area Command, Ogwashi-Uku, and the Ogwashi-Uku Police Division to storm the venue at Big Apple Hotel in Ogwashi-Uku.

“The suspects, on sighting the police, took to their heels, while some of them shot at the cops.

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“But the operatives gave them a hot chase, during which 51 suspected cultists were arrested, together with two cut-to-size locally-made guns, one expended cartridge as well as Eiye Confraternity regalia,” Edafe said.

The PPRO stated that the suspects were transferred to the State Anti-Cult Unit for investigation, adding that those found wanting upon completion of investigation would be charged to court.

In another development, the command said it arrested an 80-year-old man, Omoraka James, in Kokori for allegedly dealing in cartridges and selling them to hoodlums who used them in carrying out criminal activities.

When the suspect’s premises were raided by the police, 114 rounds of live cartridges were allegedly recovered.

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