Due to the renewed cult clashes ravaging the Edo State Capital, Benin City, the Edo State Police Command under the Commissioner Of Police, Babatunde Kokumo has arrested fifty-eight suspected cultists across the city.
Speaking to newsmen, the police boss said the arrest was made after the police intensified it’s manhunt against the rampaging cultists who have killed several persons in a renewed supremacy battle between themselves.
Dismissing the number of casualties reported on social media as 20, Kokumo asked the general public to disregard such as misleading as they have put proactive measures to stem the tide.
“So far, we have nothing short of 58, as at the last count, we have 58 of them cult members of different cult groups; Eiye, Vikings, Black Axe, the arrests cut across the various cult groups and we have arms and ammunitions recovered from them too.”
“We have also increased our scope of intelligence, deployment has equally being made in all the nooks and crannies of the metropolis and we are doing more of feasibility policing so that that would serve as proactive measure on our part to prevent all these cult killings. The killings have emanated from inter cult rivalry clashes and this of course is not acceptable to us. We are not going to say that the cultists are killing themselves; we will not fold our arms to wait until the cultists start killing non cult members before we rise to the challenge so we are not taking it lightly, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that we nip this criminal activities in the bud.”
While dismissing the number of those reportedly killed, he continued, “The figure you see in social media is misleading, very, very misleading, false, complete falsehood I will liaise with the CID who are handling it to get the actual figure. I have always said that investigative journalism will help us, yes there is need to tell our people what is happening around where we are but giving false information can be misleading.”
Some of the black spots raided by the police were Ekenhuan Road by Stadium Road junction. Ekenhuan Road by Akenzua junction, Ekenhuan Road by Asoro junction, Evbuotubu Road, Ugbiyoko, Murtala Muhammed Way by 3rd junction, Murtala Muhammed Way by Uwa junction.
Other identified black spots included Uwasota/five junction/Ibiwe, Siluko Road by Mobil/Traffic light, Siluko by Erhuhunsee, Sapele Road by Ogbelaka/Agip, GRA (Benoni, Boundary Road, Ihama, Giwa Amu, 2nd Ugbor by BIU junction, Abuja Quarters, Airport Road by Irhirhi and several other areas even as the edo State Police Command is said to be on top of the situation.