Men of the Edo State Police Command have discovered 20 mummified corpses made up of 15 males, three females and two children in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters, Benin City.
This was disclosed in a statement by ASP Jennifer U. Iwegbu, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the command.
ASP Iwegbu in the statement stated that in pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, operatives of the Edo State Police Command have uncovered a suspected ritual shrine.
According to her, following credible information at the Command’s disposal, some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua road, Uzebu Quarters, Benin City, and operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene.
“At the scene, three suspects, Chimaobi Okoewu ‘M’ and Oko Samuel ‘M’ both of Afikpo in Ebonyi and Gideon Sunday ‘M’ of Akwa-Ibom State were arrested while others fled. An intensive effort is ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects.
“At the scene, 15 mummified male corpses, three mummified female corpses and two mummified children corpses were discovered.
“To this end, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of state CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses.
The Police commissioner has therefore enjoined the public to be calm as the command would continue to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens and those residing in the state.