The Police in Delta State have arrested not less than 51 suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity while celebrating their anniversary in Ogwashi-Uku.
The suspects were arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation by the Command’s Buffalo Patrol team, Operatives from Area Command Ogwashi-Uku and Ogwashi-Uku Division, at Big Apple Hotel following a tip-off.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, who made this known, said the suspects, on sighting the Police took to their heels, while some of them shot at the Police.
“They were given a hot chase by the team and 51 suspected cultists were arrested, two cut-to-size locally made guns, one expended cartridge, Eiye Confraternity regalia were recovered,” he said.
In another development, the Command Raider’s Unit raided the premises of a suspect, identified as 80-year-old Omoraka James, in Kokori, where they recovered 114 rounds of live cartridges.
According to the Police, the suspect deals in cartridges which he sells to hoodlums to carry out various nefarious activities.
Similarly, Eagle Net Special Squad, while on stop and search duty along Sapele-Benin Expressway, intercepted a Toyota Hiace Bus with reg no OLG 13 EFR and subjected the passengers to a search. During the search, six locally made double barrel guns concealed in an umbrella belonging to one Mrs. Victoria Itila were recovered.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, while urging parents and guardians to monitor and teach their wards on the need to stay away from cultism and vices, warned in strong terms that the Command under his watch will not tolerate any form of cult-related activities and would go all out in arresting criminal elements and ensure that they are brought to justice.
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