Benin- The Edo Police Command on Thursday said it arrested 92 suspects in connection with various offences within the past five weeks.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Foluso Adebanjo made this known at a news conference in Benin.
He said the suspects were arrested for alleged murder, kidnapping, rape, defilement, stealing, armed robbery and cult-related activities.
Adebanjo said the increase in the case of defilement was getting to a point of worry for the security agencies.
He said between July 7 and July 11, four men were arrested for allegedly defiling minors.
"A 47-year old pastor of a Pentecostal church in the state, Eze Fidelis recently had unlawful carnal knowledge of two minors of 11 and 9 years old.
"This pastor was alleged to have been in this unwholesome practise with the two young girls for about a year.
"You can imagine a 46-year old man, Eugene Odozor took a13-year old girl to his room and forced her to lie on the bed.
"The little girl was unfortunately defiled, but was wise enough to report the matter to her mother.
"There was another case of Segun Oteru (42), who was caught having unlawful carnal knowledge inside a hall with a 12-year girl.
"The girl was sent on an errand by her mother to bring a rechargeable lantern from the hall within the compound, but stayed too long.
"When the mother did not see her daughter 30 minutes after, she decided to look for her, only to discover Oteru forcing her”, he said.
The police commissioner further alleged that one Saturday Cole (35), lured an 11-year old girl into his room and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
He said the victim was threatened by her elder brother before she could narrate her ordeal.
He said the command has declared war against kidnappers and robbers in the state, which recently led to the arrest of 17 suspects.
The police commissioner further disclosed that the command also arrested 11 suspects in connection with kidnapping of Michael Odiaka and his driver.
He said the suspects were arrested with cache of arms in their possession.
According to him, ``we will not relent on our promise that criminals will find the state uncomfortable.”