Over suspected cultists have been arrested on Saturday by the Police Command in Delta State, during their initiation in Ubulu-Unor, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
According to the acting spokesman for the command, DSP Bright Edafe, stated this on Monday in Asaba, and alleged that a vigilante group in the town was watching out for the cultists.
Edafe said, “Credible information and intelligence gathered over a period of time by the Delta State Police Command’s Anti-Cult Unit revealed that the Aiye Confraternity would be carrying out an initiation in the Ubulu-Unor bush.
“The SACU operatives mobilised to the scene and arrested 40 male suspected cultists.
“When the police got to the venue of the initiation, some armed men, who claimed to be members of the Ubulu-Unor Vigilante group, were seen keeping watch and aiding the said cultists to carry out their initiation and they were also arrested.
Items recovered from the suspects amongst others include:
- A revolver pistol with 11 pieces of live ammunition
- One locally-made single-barrelled gun
- One pump action gun
- Eight vehicles
- One Mitsubishi pickup van with the inscription, ‘Ubulu-Unor Vigilante’
Edafe added that the Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Ali, urged all officers and men of the command to keep the tempo to make the state crime free in line with the mandate of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.