A suspected ritual shrine was, Wednesday, uncovered along the Ekehuan Road axis of Benin City by operatives of the Edo State Police command with three persons arrested with 20 mummified bodies
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, yesterday, stated that the arrest was in line with the command’s operational mandate of curbing crime in the state.
He said: “Following credible information at the command’s disposal that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekehuan Road, Uzebu Quarters, in Benin City, operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilized to the scene.”
According to him, three suspects were caught at the scene, namely: Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel, both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday from Akwa-Ibom State, while other suspects escaped.
Yaro noted that the Police have commenced an intensive manhunt to capture the fleeing suspects.
Among the corpses uncovered at the scene of the crime are 15 dried male corpses, three female corpses and those of two children.
He disclosed that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Command Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been ordered to carry out a discreet investigation to reveal the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.
The Police Commissioner implored members of the public to be calm as the command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those living in Edo State.