The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday, busted a ritual shrine in a building in the state.
During the raid at the ritual shrine located along Asoro slope, off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters in Benin city, the officers recovered about 20 mummified dead bodies.
According to the police, about three male suspects were arrested during the operation.
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BREAKING 🎥: The Edo State Police Command at about midnight on Wednesday busted a ritual shrine in a building along Asoro slope, off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters in Benin, recovering 20 mummified dead bodies and arresting three male suspects.
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In a press statement signed by ASP Jennifer U. Iwegbu, Edo State Deputy Police Public Relation Officer, said the Edo State commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.
The full statement reads: “In pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, Operatives of the Edo State Police Command today 17/08/2022 unravelled a suspected ritual shrine.
“Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpse were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city. Operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilized to the scene.
“At the scene, 3 suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu ‘M’ and Oko Samuel ‘M’ both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday ‘M’ of Akwa-Ibom State were arrested while others fled. An intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.
“15 mummified male corpses, 3 mummified female corpses and 2 mummified children corpses were discovered at the scene.
“To this end, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of state CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses and therefore enjoins the general public to be calm as the command will continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those residing in Edo state.