Police arrest 11 as cult clash kills five in Delta

The suspects were caught with two pump action guns, one cut-to-size locally-made gun, eight expanded cartridges and ten rounds of live cartridges.
Map of Delta State, Nigeria

Map of Delta State, Nigeria

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At least 11 suspected cultists have been arrested by operatives of Delta State Police Command after a cult clash claimed the lives of five people in the community.

The PUNCH reported that a bloody cult clash between Eiye and Black Axe confraternity was recorded in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State on 6/2/2022.

Subsequently, the Commissioner of Police for the State Command, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, directed the joint forces of the Command's Anti-Cult Unit (SACU), Dragon Patrol Teams and Police Operatives from Agbarho Division to proceed to the said town with a view to ensuring that sanity is restored in the Community.

A police operation soon followed, leading to the arrest of the 11 suspects who were caught with two pump action guns, one cut-to-size locally-made gun, eight expanded cartridges and ten rounds of live cartridges.

Meanwhile, further reports revealed that police patrol teams are now roaming the community as peace and order have been restored, the police public relations officer (PPRO) for the State Command, DSP Bright Edafe confirmed in a signed statement made available to journalists in Warri on Tuesday.

Edafe revealed that a manhunt for the other fleeing suspected cultists is ongoing.

Also, the Commissioner of Police called on members of the public to help with any useful information that can lead to the arrest of the other fleeing suspects,.

He also urged parents and guardians to monitor, guide and caution their wards to desist from any cult-related activities as the Command under his watch will not relent in arresting and prosecute anyone found wanting in their quest to fulfil their core mandate which is to protect lives and properties, maintenance of law and order among others.

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