Edo - 12 suspected cult leaders were on Tuesday arraigned before a special magistrate court sitting in Benin for their alleged involvement in recent cult killings in several areas of the state, Punch reports.
The suspects were arraigned before the court to establish their alleged offences and be remanded in prison custody as the charges brought against the suspects were beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
The police had earlier announced the arrest of 56 “vicious cultists”, among who were 11 “highly placed persons” and “ring leaders” of cult groups for their alleged connection with the killings, following the deployment of a Special Crack Squad to the state.
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The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, said that the suspects were arrested through the intervention of the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase.
Items such as short and long swords with cult symbols, a confraternity plague, two Neo-black Movement regalia were recovered from the suspected cult leaders.
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