An initiation ritual of the Aiye Confraternity in Onicha-Ugbo community in Aniocha North Local Government Area was obstructed by Delta State Police Command agents as 10 suspects were detained.
DSP Bright Edafe, the police command’s spokesperson, stated in his statement on Tuesday, September 28, that during the raid, some of their command’s personnel from the Anti Cult unit detained 10 suspected members of the cult group. In his words:
“On 25/09/2021 at about 0145hrs acting on intelligence gathered that members of Aiye confraternity a.k.a black axe were carrying out an initiation in the bush at Onicha-Ugbo community in Aniocha North LGA,” Edafe stated.
“The Commander Delta State Anti Cult Unit (SACU) detailed operatives who stormed the venue of the initiation that night, they were able to foil the initiation process and also arrested ten (10) male suspects while others escaped into the bush
“One locally made revolver pistol with four (4) live and one (1) expended 9mm ammunition and two expended cartridges were recovered from two of the suspected cultist while some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, one Honda accord car with Reg no. Lagos KSF 586 DU, five motorcycles and a bag containing clothes were recovered from the scene.” he added.
In the state’s Isoko Local Government Area, police officers also detained another alleged cultist with a locally-made hand gun and live cartridges.
“On 24/9/2021 at about 1610hrs, operatives of the Command Crack Squad acting on intelligence gathered raided criminal hideouts in Eri Community near Oleh in Isoko south LGA and arrested one Akpofure Lucky ‘m’ aged 37yrs with a locally made pistol and three live cartridges. suspect confessed that he is a member of the supreme vikings confraternity. They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.” According to the statement.
Meanwhile, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, the Commissioner of Police for Delta State Police Command, has urged the good people of the state, parents, and guardians to advise their children to avoid any forms of cult-related behaviors and activities.
“Cultism is the bedrock of most prevalent crime in the society today and as such should not be encouraged in any way,” the CP said.
He further stated that the command will stay devoted in sustaining the state’s present peace, as well as the security of lives and property, and that no one who breaks the law will be tolerated.
To this end, the Commissioner has directed Area commanders, DPOS, and tactical commanders to ensure continuous raiding of criminal hideouts, black spots, and constant patrol of their respective areas of responsibilities, as well as urging them to ensure that men deployed are properly supervised to ensure that they remain civil to members of the public and shun all forms of corruption.