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Police arrest suspected cultist in Benin


The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in charge of zone 5, Benin, Mr Rasheed Olatunde, on Tuesday said the police arrested a suspected cultist, Wilson Iriajen in Benin, Edo.
Olatunde, who disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Benin, said the arrest was in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to mop up illegal arms in the country.
He said acting on credible intelligence, operatives of the zone arrested the suspect on July 24 in Benin.
Olatunde said the suspect during interrogation, confessed being a member of the Eiye confraternity.
He claimed to have joined the cult in 1992 when he was a student at the Ambrose Ali University, Epkoma, Edo, but said he had renounced his membership.
“I inherited the barrel from my father and it’s for my personal protection, because the country is rough.
“I am not a thief; I do business of selling and buying of guns for seven years. I am not married, but I have a son,’ he said.
The Public Relations Officer of the zone, Emeka Ihenacho, said items recovered from the suspect included: one double barrel gun No. MBDT 5870 and English Pump action guns No. T587013-0216 and No. P630882.
Others are; Apple laptop, three International passports and wrapped substance suspected to be Indian hemp.
Ihenacho said the police was doing its best to clean up Benin City and also fish out bad eggs.
The spokesman said investigation into the matter was ongoing and the suspect would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
He reminded members of the public that security was a collective responsibility of all citizens and enjoined them to continue to support the police.
“Through the provision of useful information, we can help in the detection and arrest of criminals,” he said. (NAN)

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