Indication has emerged that four aides of Governor Adams Oshiomhole were allegedly arrested for cultism would be charged with “terrorism”.
A source at state police headquarters in Benin City who hinted Quick News Africa correspondent on the charges said the aides included a Senior Special Assistant, Executive Director and heads of agencies.
The government officials were among 11 suspected cult leaders arrested in the state last Tuesday.
They were alleged to belong to Eiye, Black Axe, Buccaneers, Aiye and Jurist confraternities.
A Police team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad, FEDSARS, Chris Ezike had stormed the “cultists” hideouts and successfully arrested leaders of cult confraternities for alleged complicity and murder of 10 Nigerians in the last one month in Edo State.
When contacted for reaction on the charges, The State police spokesman, DSP. Joseph Nwochei said investigation was still ongoing.
According to him, the outcome of the investigation will determine charges that would be preferred against them.
Meanwhile, Edo state Government yesterday discribed the arrest of the suspected cult leaders as “big shock”.
The government’s reaction in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion stated that “While it is inappropriate to jump to conclusion until police investigations were concluded, let me put on record that cultism in whatever form negates the values Comrade Adams Oshiomhole holds dear.
“This is easily verifiable from his zero tolerance of thuggery and any form of political violence over the years.
“If found guilty, be assured that the Comrade Governor will ensure the rule of law prevails against officials involved.
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