Operatives of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested one Stanley Woniowei, a principal suspect in the abduction of Madam Betinah Benson, the mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Kombowei Benson.
The 27-year-old suspect, who hails from Olugbobiri community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, was arrested during a joint operation with other sister security agencies in a bid to rescue the abducted Madam Benson.
The octogenarian was kidnapped from her residence at the Old Bayelsa Legislative Quarters off Azikoro Road in Yenagoa, the state capital, since July 20, 2021 by the hoodlums who were said to have dressed in military camouflage.
In another development, operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested a 20-year-old cultist in the state, identified as Justice Egbo.
He was arrested following a tip off from members of the vigilante in Otuasega, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, where he was known for terrorizing communities in the area.
A statement by the Command Spokesman, Asinim Butswat said Egbo has confessed to being a member of Bobos Cult group and a locally made pistol was recovered from him.
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According to Butswat, he was arrested on Tuesday at about 7pm, and that the suspect is assisting the police with vital information on other suspected members.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Eworo Echeng, has ordered for a discreet investigation and upon conclusion, the case will be charged to court.
Recall that the state police command had last week constituted a special squad called ‘Anti-Cultism Squad’ with a mandate to fight cultism and violent crime in the state.
This was necessitated following incessant violent clashes and cult activities in different communities in the state which has led to the loss of lives and properties of innocent residents.
During the constitution of the squad, the police disclosed that they had so far arrested 32 suspects in association with cultism and violent attacks in the state.