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Police confirm expansion operation against cults

27 May 2015, 09:16Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Following the success of an operation to rid Edo and Ekiti State of cultists, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has pledged to deploy crack units to address similar crimes in three other states.

Speaking at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, he cited Benue, Kogi and Rivers States as problematic states in terms of crime and promised to massively deploy personnel to the states in 48 hours as of Tuesday evening.

“We are sending the message loud and clear that we will not allow any miscreant to turn any state in the federation into a lawless state.

Wherever we find them, we will pursue them. We will arrest and prosecute them,” Ararse warned.

Also Read: Arase's intervention in Edo cult violence bearing fruit

Arase earlier announced that two suspected kingpins responsible for the spate of the kidnappings in Ekiti State had been arrested on Tuesday while cultists operating in Edo had been 'technically amputated' with the arrest, and transfer to Abuja, of 11 suspects believed to be their ring-leaders.

He described Kogi, Rivers and Benue Arase advised Commissioners of Police on timely report of security threat in their respective states to the Force Headquarters for possible intervention.

He threatened to sanction any Commissioner of Police who allowed the security situation in their command to get out of hand.

Meanwhile, Arase said the meeting was called to assess the success of special operations by the police in Edo and Ekiti States in the last two weeks.

The IG also said the parley would map out strategies to ensure hitch-free inauguration of elected leaders on Friday.

- CAJ News


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