The Edo State Police Command has paraded three suspected cultists who were involved in the alleged assault and dehumanisation of a Tik Tok user, identified as Olivia.
In a press statement issued on Friday, the command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, stated that the suspects were paraded after a video of the assault went viral.
He said, “Following the viral video clip where some young men were seen assaulting and dehumanising a young lady, the Commissioner of Police, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, directed a discreet investigation and intelligence-base approach to unravel those behind the dastardly act.
“During the cause of information and intelligence gathering, the following suspects were arrested at different locations in Benin City.
“They are Omozejele John ‘M’ (29 years) arrested on 26/09/2021 at about 2000hrs at Uteh Community area of Upper Mission Extension Benin City.
“Smart Ogbeide ‘M’ (29 years) was arrested on the 27/09/2021 at about 2130hrs along Paulingo Brothel Uteh Community Upper Mission Extension Benin City; while Tajudeen Afesume ‘M’ (30 years) was arrested in his hideout at Owina Quarters Uteh Community Upper Mission Extension Benin City.
“The three suspects arrested have all confessed to the crime and further confessed to being members of Aye Secret Cult. They are presently cooperating with police investigations and are already providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other cult members on the run.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed the suspects be charged to court, vowing that cult groups and other criminal elements will not be allowed to operate in the state.”