The Delta State Police Command has arrested a suspected cultist, Francis Sunday at his residence in the Umunede Community area of the state.
The command also foiled a cult initiation and recovered one pump action gun in the Sapele area of the state.
Spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday morning.
Giving details of the suspected cultist, DSP Edafe said, “On 23/11/2023 at about 1400hrs, one man (name withheld) reported at the station that while an argument ensued between him and his siblings at his residence in Umunede Community, one Francis Sunday, a resident of same Umunede Community, who was present at the time of altercation was ordered to leave the premises.
“The said Francis Sunday became furiously hostile, and went ahead to pull out a locally fabricated cut-to-size pistol, threatening to kill anyone who tried to walk him out of the residence.
“Upon receipt of the complaint, operatives swung into action, and on 24/11/2023 at about 1230hrs, the operatives of the Divisional Anti-Crime Patrol Team stormed the residence of the complainant at No. 7 Old Agbor Road, Umunede where the alleged suspect was arrested.
“Preliminary investigation led the operatives to search his residence at Mbiri Community Umunede, where one locally made cut-to-size pistol was recovered.”
According to him, the suspect and exhibit are in custody, and an investigation has commenced.
On the foiling of the cult initiation, the police spokesman disclosed that on the 20th of November, 2023, the Command’s Raiders Squad while acting on credible information on a suspected cult initiation, stormed an uncompleted building at Mission Road in Sapele where the initiation was being held.
“Upon sighting the police, the suspects took to their heels and fled in different directions abandoning a bag. The bag was searched, and one (01) English pump action gun was recovered. The recovered exhibit is in custody, and investigation has commenced,” he said.
The police image maker further disclosed that efforts are being made to identify and arrest the fleeing suspects.