Police arrest over two dozen EIYE cultists at initiation ground in Benin city

Police have arrested more than two dozen young boys in Edo State during a cult initiation.

30 people were arrested in different hideouts in parts of Benin City and Owan East local government area of Edo State.

Police said it acted on a tip that some boys who were earlier arrested that initiation was taking place in a few days.

The three suspects were arrested by the Edo State Police Command Crack Team on 15 June 2022 at about 8pm during a patrol along Benin-Lagos road, Ugbowo, Benin City.

Picture 2 Eiye members arrested during initiation
Picture 2 Eiye members arrested during initiation

The trio, Victor Ademola, 28, Augustine Akinyemi, 21, Osawense and Tajudeen, 23, were reported to be top leaders of the cult.

During the search, the officers said they found one locally made pistol, charms and one cross bag.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed to being members of the EIYE confraternity.

Also, the Crack operatives, while carrying out routine police patrol along Siluko-Ogida Road, Benin City, intercepted one Jerry Eddy, age 27, who was dressed in full regalia of EIYE confraternity.

Members of the cults arrested with guns and flag
Members of the cults arrested with guns and flag

He was arrested and brought to the police headquarters in Benin city.

According to his confession, Jerry said he dressed in EIYE regalia as he celebrated his cult's day.

The police operatives instantly moved to the meeting venue, arrested three more members of the EIYE confraternity, and recovered two secret cult flags.

The suspects arrested are Luke Adun, 42, ThankGod Eseme, 27, and Sunny Uwadia, 22.

In a separate incident, the police acted on a distress call at Obagie-Nevbosa Community near Benin City and stormed a house in the locality, arresting eight suspected cultists.

Guns and other weapons recovered at the scene
Guns and other weapons recovered at the scene

The suspects Precious Oghadomwangbe, Osayomore Destiny, Ajijie Kelvin, Osarodion Osagiede, Saturday Igbenovia, Sunday Ebohon, Precious Duke, and Ifeanyi Kanu allegedly confessed to being members of EIYE confraternity and Malphite Secret cult.

The Suspects confessed to being members of EIYE Confraternity and Malphite secret cult group.

The police recovered one pump action gun, double barrel, live cartridge and face mask with an N.A.A. inscription.

The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, assured that all the suspects would be profiled and made to face the total weight of the law.

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