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Controversy: Delta Community vigilante arrests suspected cult leader, two others, recovers arms

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*Police in Aladja accuses vigilante of implanting arms

 

WARRI- Local guards, otherwise called vigilante has arrested a notorious cult gang leader and rapist, Jeffrey Usivwo Oletu a.k.a, Jay-boy with Karo Omojire and one other for the alleged initiation of three persons into a cult group in Aladja community in Udu LGA of Delta State and also recovered some weapons.

But in a twist of event, the Police in Ovwian/Aladja through one of its female Divisional Crime Officers has  acused the Aladja Vigilante of planting the recovered arms in the homes of the suspects.

The Aladja Community Vigilante also recovered a cut to size single barrel locally made gun, a long knife with charms in the homes of the suspects before handing them (suspects) over to the Police in the community the same day.

There is a harmonious working relationship between the police and local guards in Delta State as the commissioner of police Delta state, CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim charged them to live up to standard as the police would always support them at all times.

In a twist of event, the Police in Ovwian/Aladja through one of its female Divisional Crime Officers have accused the Aladja Vigilante of planting the recovered arms in the homes of the suspects.

It was learnt that the Police at the time of this report have detained the three vigilantes, Emmanuel Bezi, Ogheneganre Idisi and one Sunday. The Police is asking why the Vigilante did not get police search warrant before searching the homes of the suspected cultists.

It was gathered that the suspected notorious cultist and his gang were arrested at Ekorhion Street in Aladja by the Vigilante who acted on a tip-off following complaints by Emmanuel Bezi, Ogheneganre Idisi and one Sunday to one of its members, Festus Umukoro that they (suspects)want to initiate them into a cult group on Friday November 10.

The Vigilante swung into action, got to their homes and searched everywhere and allegedly found the above listed arms.

It was gathered that the suspect had signed an undertaken not to involve in acts of cultism before the latest controversial development with the police.

The Divisional Police Officer, Ovwian/Aladja, CSP Joseph Esegine said, and “The Police is investigating” stressing that it is the State Command that will decide.

CSP Esegine however noted that nobody is accusing anyone pointing out that the police is only trying to ascertain if truly the suspects are cultists.

An Aladja Community Vigilante Source who craved anonymity denied the allegations by the Police describing same as “false” and lacking in merit.

The vigilante also accused the police of taking sides with “bad elements” in the society saying, “We don’t want to work with the Police in Ovwian/Aladja Division again. We want to work directly with the Delta State Police Command and the Warri Area Command respectively.”

Contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim said,” Am not aware of the arrest neither am I aware of the accusation. But will call my DPO in the area to confirm.”

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