The suspects are ring leaders of cult groups linked to recent cult related killings in the state
Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
The police on Monday paraded Eleven high Profile cultists believed to have been Terrorizing the troublesome cultism-related￼ violent crimes in ￼ Edo State.
Parading the cultists before newsmen at the force headquarters, the force Public Relations Officer , Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the Special Crack Squad designated for the assignment, has on 12th May 2015 through vigorous intelligence, arrested the suspects.
“The police have arrested 11 highly placed persons from different locations of the state”
The suspects are ring leaders of cult groups linked to recent cult related killings in the state.
He said a total of 98 suspected vicious cultists linked to the recent cult related violence in the state have been rounded up by the Squad and are undergoing interrogation.
Ojukwu reiterated that no criminal will be spared, no matter how highly placed, adding that people of Edo State will henceforth breath fresh air.
Answering questions from Journalists, one of the suspects, Dr. Salako Adebowale, 43years old who confirmed to be a member of Black Axe Confraternity, Aka Black of Africa, said he joined the group in 1998.
Adebowale said the group run a peaceful cultism in the state, adding that the group is a registered body which foster peace. “I was arrested when I came for appraisal meeting with the Commissioner of Police. The group is for the emancipation of black race. We are not murderers or kidnappers. We foster peace. As a matter of fact the group is a registered body,” he insists.
Another suspect, Engr. David Olukoga, 36yrs old man, said he is a member of Averian Organisation Of Nigeria, a peaceful organisation he said
Olukoga said the four passport recovered from his house belong to his wife and kids, adding that he has never killed nor kidnapped any person. “I am not a kidnapper. We assist police in arresting cult members in the state. I was surprised when they arrested me,” he said.
The suspects are, Engr. David Olukoga, Osunde Aigbedo, Dr. Salako Adebowale, Ahunwan-id Orlando, Uche Chukwuka, Adebo Eguaoja, Totti Omonuwu, Ernest Amadasun, Isabor Larry, Felix O. Evbodi and Joshua Ehiabahi.
Passports, ATM’s, Bank Cheque books, guns, photograph of different persons with Rest In Peace (RIP) Inscription, swords, 40 political membership card and many more were recovered from them. The FPRO assures that the suspect will be prosecuted soon .
He appreciated the collaborative efforts of the members of the public, particularly in Edo State on the achievement made so far by the Special Crack Squad, and assures that adequate measures would continue to be put in place to ensure safety of lives and property, nationwide.