Three male suspects have been detained by the Edo State police after they raided a ceremonial shrine near Asoro hill, off Ekenhua Road, in the Uzebu neighborhood of Benin.
In a statement released on Thursday, the state’s deputy police public relations officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, said that agents made the arrest after receiving information from the general public.
She claimed that during the operation, officers from the Edo State Police Command also removed 20 corpses from the temple.
Two of the accused, Chimaobi Okoewu and Oko Samuel, are natives of Afikpo in the Ebonyi State, while Gideon Sunday is a third suspect. Police officers are working to capture any additional fugitive suspects connected to the crime.
The deputy police spokesperson said that of the 20 retrieved corpses, 15 were men, 3 were women, and 2 were children.
According to the statement, “Operators of the command quickly mobilized to the area following credible information that some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city.
At the scene, three suspects were detained while others fled, including Chimaobi Okoewu (M), Oko Samuel (M), and Gideon Sunday (M), all of Afikpo, Ebonyi. To apprehend the other evading individuals, a serious attempt is being made right now.
The scene had 15 mummified male corpses, 3 mummified female corpses, and 2 mummified infant corpses.
In response to the arrest, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Edo State, Abutu Yaro, was instructed to conduct a covert investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the recovered corpses.
Announcing that the Police Command will continue to safeguard the safety of all law-abiding people and those living in the state, he also urged the general public to maintain calm.
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