Eight suspected members of the Black Axe confraternity have been apprehended by the Delta State Police Command, including Hope Agbogidi, an 18-year-old girl.
Bright Edafe, the state’s police spokesman, announced this in a statement on Sunday.
“We acted in accordance with commissioner of police guidelines on cult activities, bearing in mind that the 7th of July is the day chosen by Aiye confraternity cult to honor their day and also show out their ugly faces, causing mayhem in society,” he stated.
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The CP, in his usual proactive ways, directed that all DPOs be on the lookout and ensure that all their nefarious activities are checkmated.
The DPO ‘A’ Division, Warri, led men of the Divisional Rapid Respond Squad on a visibility patrol. While on patrol, they intercepted and arrested one Oghenewaro Bebe of Ughoton area in the Okpe LGA in the full regalia of the Aiye Black Axe Confraternity.
The suspect confessed to be a member of the cult. He led the team to a bush bar at Jeddo, which is their meeting point. At the bush bar, one live silver like 7.63mm ammunition was recovered.
The suspect further led the police to Ughoton community, where one of the top leaders of the confraternity, Oritsetusem Fenemigho, 29, is residing. He was arrested along with the following members in the same apartment: Weyinmi Onomakponi (35), Emmanuel Edah, Osro Etiosa (23), Oshef Benji, Confidence Sunday (18), Akintemeyin James, and 18-year-old Hope Agbogidi.
According to Edafe, two locally made pistols, one axe, one long cutlass, five customised Aiye pillows, one customised centre table with Aiye logo, one AK47 expended ammunition, a necklace used as a body protection charm, two HP laptops, six iPhones, and two suspected stolen Lexus car keys were among the items recovered in the apartment.
According to the police spokesman, a 17year old child Esealuka, was also apprehended by the command with 68 sachets of dried cannabis, presumed to be Indian hemp and 33 sachets of SK a round cable point in Asaba, the state capital.