Thursday, 22 March 2018

Armed Cultists Set Police Station Aablaze In Bayelsa State Over Death Of Their Colleague.

Suspected armed cultists yesterday set ablaze the Divisional Headquarters of the police at Oporoma, the headquarters of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It was learnt that the attack was carried out after a suspected cultist involved in the rescue mission of another cult member from the police was shot dead.

According to convener of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Patriotism Advancement and Community Orientation Network, Comrade Aluzu Ebikebuna Augustine, the incident threw the community into chaos.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Asinim Butwat, confirmed the incident.

He said: “Report indicated that a suspected cultist who was on police wanted list for various heinous crimes such as kidnapping, sea robbery, armed robbery, and acts of pipeline vandalism, was arrested and detained at the Oporoma Police Division, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, preparatory to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yenagoa.

“The suspect, on 21 March, 2018, attempted to escape their colleague from lawful custody and was shot by the police officer on duty.

Other members of the suspect’s cult group mobilised and attacked officers on duty at the police division and set it ablaze.

Additional policemen were deployed to restore normalcy in the community.

“There seems to be emergence of cases of cultism in Bayelsa State. We call on members of the public to volunteer useful information and to assist the police in curbing the ugly trend of cultism among our teeming youths.”

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