The Delta State Police Command arrested over 40 alleged cultists on Saturday during their initiation in Ubulu-Unor, Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state.
DSP Bright Edafe, the command’s acting spokesperson, said on Monday in Asaba that a vigilante group in the town was on the lookout for the cultists.
“Credible information and intelligence gathered over time by the Delta State Police Command’s Anti-Cult Unit revealed that the Aiye Confraternity would be conducting an initiation in the Ubulu-Unor bush,” Edafe said.
“SACU operatives arrived on the scene and detained 40 male alleged cultists,” said the statement.
“When the police arrived at the initiation site, some armed men claiming to be members of the Ubulu-Unor Vigilante community were seen keeping watch and assisting the cultists in carrying out their initiation, and they were arrested as well.
A revolver pistol with 11 rounds of live ammunition, one locally manufactured single-barrelled rifle, one pump action gun, eight cars, and one Mitsubishi pickup van with the inscription ‘Ubulu-Unor Vigilante’, among other things, were seized from the suspects, according to him.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Ali, urged all officers and men in the command to keep up the pressure on the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to make the state crime-free.
Edafe urged members of the public, vigilantes, anti-cultism organisations, and other volunteers to avoid the temptation to be used by criminals for their own ends, and instead collaborate with the police to assist in their capture and restore peace and stability to the state.