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Edo State Police Command says it has discovered a suspected ritual shrine along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu Quarters in Benin city.

Following intelligence received, the Police team stormed the location on Wednesday, where they recovered 15 mummified male corpses, three mummified female corpses, and two mummified children corpses.

The State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, who made this known in a statement, noted that three suspects were arrested at the scene while others fled.

“In pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, Operatives of the Edo State Police Command on 17/08/2022 discovered a suspected ritual shrine.

“Following credible information that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city, Operatives of the Command immediately mobilised to the scene.

“At the scene, three suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday of Akwa-Ibom State were arrested while others fled. An intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.

“15 mummified male corpses, three mummified female corpses, and two mummified children corpses were discovered at the scene.

“To this end, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses and therefore enjoins the general public to be calm as the Command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those residing in Edo State.”

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