Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba
Police detectives attached to Olona Police Division in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday evening foiled cult initiation in the area and arrested twenty four suspects ( 24) including two teenagers inside the bush of Obomkpa community, a neighbouring area.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Onicha- Olona Police Division,CSP Chidi Usulor who confirmed this incident to our correspondent in Asaba, said that the police detectives in working partnership with Anti- Cult Vigilante group on intelligence gathering, swooped on the suspects inside a thick forest of Obomkpa community where they were assembled for membership of the Neo Black Movement popularly known as” Blackaxe” , adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
Sources said that the alleged cultists were supposed to be new set of membership of Blackaxe confraternity in Obomkpa and Olona Communities, a working process allegedly ahead of Delta Local Government elections slated for next year 2021.
Recall that anti- cult vigilante group had last week in the area arrested some group of teenagers inside Olona community with battle axes after confessioning to be members of the” Blackaxe confraternity” allegedly recruited to make lives unbearable for rival cult group called “Vikkings confraternity”who have been terrorizing the entire Olona and Obomkpa communities in the last six months.
Police Commissioner in the state, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa had also, during a media briefing, two weeks ago told Journalists that no fewer than 73 suspected hoodlums which included cultists were arrested across the state, particularly in Ibusa, Uvwian Aladja, Ughelli, among others during massive raid to different areas in the state
His words:” We have arrested no fewer than 73 suspected hoodlums including Cultists at different areas of the state during massive raid, and we have interrogated the suspects who confessed to members of Vikkings and Blackaxe confraternities who were terrorizing the state in the recent times. We shall take them to court after completion of investigation”.
But CSP Chidi Usulor speaking further, said that it was made possible to arrest the suspects in collaborative efforts of the vigilante group operating in the area, a situation he immediately mobilized his officers to the scene inside Obomkpa community bush where they were about carrying out their initiation, and disrupted the process and arrested 24 suspects including two teenagers, while others escaped into the bush, disclosing that the suspects had been transferred to the police headquarters for further investigation.
CSP Chidi Usulor however warned that his administration as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Onicha-Olona Police Division will not tolerate any form of criminality during and after the yuletide period, and called on the youths in the area to be engaged in meaningful venture that will earn them good reputation, rather than engaging in cultism and its related activities.
“I am going to make lives unbearable for hoodlums operating in the areas, particularly in Obomkpa and Olona communities during this festive season.I warn that the hoodlums should rather relocate elsewhere or face my wrath. Men and officers of Olona Police Division are ready to ensure peaceful celebrations in this yuletide period”CSP Chidi Usulor declared.