The Edo State Police Command said at about midnight on Wednesday that it had excavated a ritual shrine in a building on Asoro Piste, off Ekenhua Road, in Uzebu area of Benin, recovered 20 mummified corpses and arrested three male suspects.
In a press statement signed by Deputy Spokesperson Jennifer Iwegbu, the command said the arrest was made possible by information provided to the police.
The statement said, “In pursuit of their operational mandate to nip crime in the bud, officers of the Edo State Police Command discovered a suspected ritual shrine on Aug. 17, 2022.
“Following a credible information that some dead bodies were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city, the command’s operatives immediately deployed to the scene.
“At the scene, three suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu ‘M’ and Oko Samuel ‘M’, both from Afikpo in Ebonyi, and Gideon Sunday ‘M’ from Akwa-Ibom State, were arrested while others fled. Intensive efforts are currently underway to arrest the other fleeing suspects.
“Fifteen mummified male corpses, 3 mummified female corpses and 2 mummified child corpses were discovered at the scene.
“To this end, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the state CID to conduct a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses and urges the public to remain calm as the command will continue to ensure the safety of all law abiding citizens and those in Edo State.”