The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of no fewer than 40 suspected cultists and vigilantes during their initiation in Ubulu-Unor, Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state.
The arrest of the suspects was confirmed in a statement issued on Monday by the acting spokesman for the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who alleged that a vigilante group in the town was keeping watch for the cultists.
DSP Edafe said; “Credible information and intelligence gathered over a period of time by the Delta State Police Command’s Anti-Cult Unit revealed that the Aiye Confraternity would be carrying out an initiation in the Ubulu-Unor bush.
“The SACU operatives mobilised to the scene and arrested 40 male suspected cultists.
“When the police got to the venue of the initiation, some armed men, who claimed to be members of the Ubulu-Unor Vigilante group, were seen keeping watch and aiding the said cultists to carry out their initiation and they were also arrested.
He added that items recovered from the suspects include a revolver pistol with 11 pieces of live ammunition, one locally-made single-barrelled gun, one pump action gun, eight vehicles and one Mitsubishi pickup van with the inscription, ‘Ubulu-Unor Vigilante’, among others.