The suspected cultists include a man who killed his brother.
The Police Command in Edo State on Tuesday paraded 72 armed robbery, cultism and kidnapping suspects, who have been a source of terror for the citizens of Benin over the past few weeks.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Johnson Kokumo, told the media 58 of the paraded cult members were linked to the killings of eight people in different locations in the state.
He continued, “There was heightened criminal activity viz cultism by rival cult groups: the Black Axe, Eiye, Black Mafians, Vikings within the period 11th and 14th October 2018, which led to the death of eight persons.
The police quickly moved in and restored normalcy. 39 arms, 54 cartridges, three battle axes and five fake drinks were recovered from the 72 suspects”.
Kokumo gave break down of the suspects to include one Sampson Omorodion, 34, who was arrested for allegedly killing his younger brother, named Imuetiyan Omorodion aged 27, by stabbing him twice on the neck with a knife after an argument between them.
“On October 10, this year, the Command arrested two kidnappers at Five Junction for allegedly kidnapping a 36-year-old lady at Ugbowo area of Benin city,” he added.
Kokumo also implored the citizens to be more security-conscious whilst reporting any suspicious activity to the police authorities for a prompt response.
The Police boss reiterated the need for citizens to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious activity to the police for prompt attention, assuring that the state was unsafe for criminals.
One of the suspected cultists, who is a member of Eiye Confratanity, identified as Azuka Ike, said he joined the cult a few years ago and has remained a member but was arrested in Delta State when he fled Edo State, following the renewed fracas with a rival cult group.
Precious Okpako, a cab driver, who was rescued by the quick response of the Police, commended the Force for saving him from the armed robbers, who posed as customers.