The Bayelsa State Police Command says it has arrested two suspected deadly cultists at Swali Community, of Yenagoa, Local Government Area of the State.
The police also recovered five locally made pistols with live cartridges from the suspects.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects after a rivalry cult clash, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, disclosed that the arrest was carried out by the tactical and other divisional patrol teams on Thursday following a tip-off.
It was gathered that the police during the raid also smashed one of the suspected cultists’ hideouts used for different criminal activities in Swali Community.
“On 10th November 2022, at about 1630 hours, Police operatives responded to a distress call on a rival cult clash at Swalli Community, Yenagoa.
“On arrival, the Police dislodged the cult members and arrested one Kingsley Okiloli ‘m’ 22 years and Endurance Akpeni ‘m’ 23 years. One Locally made pistol and one live cartridge was recovered from Kingsley Okiloli, while Endurance Akpeni had sustained a gunshot injury from the rival cult gang.
“Upon interrogation of the suspects, Police operatives went to their hideout at Swali Community and recovered additional four locally made pistols and three live cartridges.
“Endurance Akpeni is responding to treatment in the Police Clinic, Yenagoa. Investigation is ongoing by SWAT to arrest other fleeing cult members,” he stated.