Police high command has directed that the 65 suspected cultists arrested in Edo state on May 12 should be arraigned in court today.
Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase said the suspects should be arraigned following completion of investigations into the matter.
According to a terse statement issued yesterday by the Force PRO, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Police high command further appealed to members of the public to continue to collaborate with the Police in ensuring that crime is reduced to barest minimum in their areas.
Ojukwu said the suspects played ignoble roles in acts of terror, vicious inter and intra cult conflicts that led to destruction of lives and property in Edo State.
Nigerian pilot recalls that last week, 129 suspects were arraigned at the Chief Magistrate, Special Grade “F” Court in Benin for offences ranging from Kidnapping, Cultism, Murder and Armed Robbery.
The police chief also assured that the ongoing onslaught against criminal gangs in the country is continuing.
Prior to this development, the police chief expressed serious concern about the activities of cult groups in Benue, Rivers, Cross-River and Akwa-Ibom States and thus directed all command Commissioners of Police, CPs and Divisional Police Officers, DPOs of the affected states to arrest and prosecute any youth engaging themselves in cult activities in order to forestall the increasing menace of this evil.
The IGP also warned all the state CPs and DPOs to be on the lookout for these cultists and bring them to book, adding that parents and guardians should warn their wards and children against this social menace that can jeopardize their future.
While observing that no nation can develop if its youths, the leaders of tomorrow, are involving themselves in cultism and other criminal activities, the IGP urged the youths to rather engage themselves in productive activities.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, Bianca Odimegwu Ojukwu has donated of Data capturing machine to the IGP when she visited the IGP at the Force Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
Receiving the machine, IGP Arase said the equipment will strengthen the Interpol Wing of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID in capturing the data of Nigerians in Diaspora, to ensure that criminally minded Nigerians, smearing the country’s image are dealt with in accordance with the law.

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