Police nab ‘cultist’ for killing 10 in Asaba

Delta state police command has arrested suspected cultists for killing over 10 persons in Asaba metropolis.

In the last two weeks, there have been cult clashes between two rival groups, Aiye and Vikings confraternity in Asaba, Delta state.

The cultists had invaded the capital city killing people at different locations in Asaba, without minding the heavy presence of police, Army and civil defence.

The major areas the cult boys operated and killed people in Asaba include; cable point, Okwe, Umuagu, Okwuofu, Apkpu junction ammongs others.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Onome  Onokporyeya told newsmen that shooting incidences were reported at Cable area of Asaba as a result of the face-off between two rival cult groups; the Aiye confraternity and Vikings.

According to PPRO, “Police patrol team on arrival at the scene found a young man already shot on the right eye lying in a pool of his own blood, he was quickly convened to Federal Medical Centre Asaba for medical attention but died while receiving treatment on 8/5/2019.

“Also, on the same date, a corpse was found on the ground with knife stab on the left rib, some metres away from scene of earlier shooting and has been deposited at FMC, Mortuary. The deceased was later identified as Chijine Chigbata male, 54yrs old, a security guard with a private firm in Asaba.

“On 8/5/2019, the continued face-off between the two rival cults, claimed two more lives of suspected cult members. The victims, one Jude Nwakama male and Okwudili Ozah male aged 26yrs were attacked with battle axe and knife at different locations in Akuofu and Oduke area of Asaba.” She said.

Police Spokesman said one Samuel Okwuonyekwu male, a confessed member of Aiye confraternity and two others have been arrested by SARS Operatives in connection with the crises.

Recovered from from the arrested cultists was  One locally made double barrel short gun.

Police Image maker noted that investigation is still on-going to crackdown on other fleeing suspects. While patrol and surveillance have been intensified within the metro to forestall further attacks.

She said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke  in his effort to nib violence crimes in the bud have held various meetings with stakeholders, especially, the volunteer anti-cult groups, vigilante groups, strengthened the conventional stop and search, create tactical operation point and aggressive patrol, all these  have yielded positive results.

PPRO said that CP has warned that there is no safe haven for criminals in the State, it is either they quit crime or relocate from the State, while assuring members of the public of his commitment to their safety and security at all times.

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