Edo State Police Command Raids Ritualist Den, Uncovers 20 Mummified Bodies

The Edo State Police Command in pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022 unravelled a suspected ritual shrine.

This was made known in a press release issued by the Command’s Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer U. Iwegbu on behalf of the command.

The statement reads: “Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpse were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city. Operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilized to the scene.

“At the scene, three suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday of Akwa-Ibom State were arrested while others fled.”

The statement confirmed that 15 male, three female and two children mummified corpses were discovered at the scene.

Uncovered mummified corpses at the ritualist den

An intensive effort is however ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.

Furtherance to this, Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of state CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.

He enjoined the general public to be calm as the command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and residents of Edo state.

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