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Edo Police Command uncovers ritualist’s den, 20 corpses in Benin

By Bertram Nwannekanma
19 August 2022   |   3:33 am
Edo State Police Command has uncovered a ritualist’s den with 20 mummified bodies, along Ekehuan Road area of Benin City.

• Edo CP commends Obaseki on donation of 15 operational vehicles, improved security
Edo State Police Command has uncovered a ritualist’s den with 20 mummified bodies, along Ekehuan Road area of Benin City. 
   
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Abutu Yaro, said the Command unravelled the suspected ritual shrine on Wednesday, August 17 and arrested three suspected ritualists.
  
Yaro said the raid is in line with the Command’s operational mandate of curbing crime in the state.
  


He said: “Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekehuan Road, Uzebu Quarters, in Benin City, operatives of the Command immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene.”
  
According to him, three suspects were arrested at the scene, namely: Chimaobi Okoewu ‘m’ and Oko Samuel ‘m’ both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday ‘m’ of Akwa-Ibom State, while other suspects fled.
  
Yaro said the police have launched an intensive manhunt to apprehend the fleeing suspects.
 
Among the corpses discovered at the scene of the crime, are 15 dried male corpses, three female corpses and two children corpses.
 
He noted that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) has been directed to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.
  
The commissioner urged members of the general public to be calm as the Command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those residing in Edo State.

MEANWHILE, Yaro, has commended Governor Obaseki for donating 15 operational vehicles to the Police Command and to improve security in the state.
   
Addressing journalists at the State Command Headquarters, Ogbadu said the provision of equipment to the Police has helped in curbing crime in Edo.
 
He said: “The governor has equally donated 15 new operational vehicles to the police command, an elaborate Close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera system that covers almost every strategic place in the state capital has been acquired.
 
“Edo State remains top in terms of logistics and preparedness to confront criminality. The Edo Security Network has been re-organised under the able leadership of Godwin Obaseki.”