In Edo, Police raid shrine, recover 20 corpses

Operatives of Edo State police command have arrested three suspects in connection with 20 balmed corpses uncovered in a shrine in Benin City, the State capital.

The corpses include 15 mummified male, three mummified female and two mummified children.

The deputy spokesman for the command, Jennifer Iwegbu, who disclosed this in a statement said the suspects were arrested at the scene of crime.

She noted that “intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects”.

The deputy spokesman gave the identifies of the suspects in police custody as Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel, both of Afikpo in Ebonyi state and Gideon Sunday from Akwa-Ibom State.

According to her, “Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpse were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city, Operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene.

“To this end, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of state CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses and therefore enjoins the general public to be calm.” 

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