The Punch

Police nab female cultist, six others in Delta

- Matthew Ochei, Asaba

THE Delta State Police Command has nabbed eight suspected members of the Black Axe Confratern­ity, including an 18-year-old girl, Hope Agbogidi.

A spokesman for the police in the state, Bright Edafe, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

Hesaid,“weactedinl­inewiththe Commission­er of Police directives on cult activities, bearing in mind that 7th July of every year is the day singled out by Aiye confratern­ity cult to mark their day and also bring out their ugly faces, thereby causing mayhem in the society.

“The CP, in his usual proactive ways, directed that all DPOS be on the lookout and ensure that all their nefarious activities are checkmated.

“The DPO ‘A’ Division, Warri, led men of the Divisional Rapid Respondsqu­adonavisib­ilitypatro­l. While on patrol, they intercepte­d and arrested one Oghenewaro Bebe of Ughoton area in the Okpe LGA in the full regalia of the Aiye Black Axe Confratern­ity.

“The suspect confessed to be a member of the cult. He led the team to a bush bar at Jeddo, which is their meeting point. At the bush bar, one live silver like 7.63mm ammunition was recovered.

“The suspect further led the police to Ughoton community, where one of the top leaders of the confratern­ity, Oritsetuse­m Fenemigho, 29, is residing. He was arrested along with the following members in the same apartment: Weyinmi Onomakponi (35), Emmanuel Edah, Osro Etiosa (23), Oshef Benji, Confidence Sunday (18), Akintemeyi­n James, and 18-year-old Hope Agbogidi.”

Edafe said items recovered in the apartment included two locally-made pistols, one axe, one long cutlass, five customised Aiye pillows, one customised centre table with Aiye logo, one AK-47 expended ammunition, a necklace used as body protection charm, two HP laptops, six Iphones, two suspected stolen Lexus car keys, among others.

The police spokesman noted that a 17-year-old boy, Esealuka, was also arrested by the command with 68 sachets of dried weed, suspected to be Indian hemp, and 33 sachets of SK along Cable Point, Asaba, the state capital. ,,

command at exactly 12.10pm.

“However, Ugochukwu ordered the police at the station not to release us until the church services in Dunamis ended.

“After releasing us, they took our addresses and phone numbers and warned us not to go back to the church. We were also warned against reporting that we were arrested and detained.”

A lawyer, Temitope Akinnifesi, condemned the ill-treatment of the journalist­s, describing the act as “unlawful, degrading, a repression of press freedom and a mockery of democracy.”

“Arrest and molestatio­n of gentlemen of the press is a clear contravent­ion of the provisions of Section 39(1) of the Nigerian 1999 Constituti­on as amended. This condemnabl­e act is gross, inhumane and unbefittin­g of a democratic system of government,” he added.

Another lawyer, Victor Forghe, said, “The press is generally adjudged to be the fourth estate of the realm and every nation must guarantee the freedom of opinion and the press as it goes a long way in shaping the views of potential investors who are expected to invest in our fragile economy.”

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