Operatives of State Anti-cult Unit (SACU) of Delta State Police Command, yesterday, arrested 12 suspected cultists at different locations in Ugwashu-Uku, Aniocha South Council of the state.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, of Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, the arrest of the suspects followed after the cult-related clash in Ogwashi-Uku, on June 6th, 2021.
The Commander, SACU acted on intelligence, arrested another cult group who were converging somewhere in Ogwashi-Uku the following day at about 11pm, when SACU operatives raided their hideout at Ogwashi-Uku as they were holding meeting and arrested 9 suspected cultists.
The Police Spokesman revealed that English pump action gun, one double barrel cut-to-size gun, one battle-axe and two live cartridges were recovered from them while investigation is ongoing in the matter.
On June 11th, 2021 at about 4:30pm, while the special squad team were on routine patrol/stop and search along Ughelli-Port Harcourt Road, they intercepted a Mazda 626 saloon car, dark green in colour with Reg. No. UGH 722 AA with six occupants – two males and four females.
When they were asked to come down from the vehicle for search, but in the process of searching a sack containing rice, a man whose name is not yet known among the occupants, fled into a nearby stream and later into the forest.
Other passengers identified the sack as belonging to the man, and when search was conducted, 138 rounds of AK47 live ammunitions, one AK47 magazine, one Baretta pistol magazine and a knife was recovered from the sack.
Edafe said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the occupants are all passengers that boarded the cab from Eleyele PHC to Ughelli, so they were allowed to go.