SP The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, revealed this while briefing reporters on the command’s successes in its redoubled efforts to combat cultism in the state.
Nwabuzor stated that the suspects, who were apprehended in various parts of the state capital, included seven females and 23 males.
He claims that as part of the ongoing crackdown on criminals in the state, the anti-cultism unit of the command raided criminal hideouts and hotspots after recent battles involving cults in the state.
“30 suspects, including 23 men and 7 women, were detained during the raid. The individuals admitted to belonging to different cults throughout the state.
The PPRO also revealed that a number of the suspects belonged to various fraternities, including Buccaneers, Maphite, Aiye, Eiye, and Aiye.
The accused, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, denied affiliation with any cult, claiming they just learned of their detention during a parade at the command’s headquarters.
One of the suspects, 40-year-old Rose Okafor, claimed she was taken into custody while serving beverages at the Parliament Hotel in Benin’s Lawani district.
“Around 9 o’clock at night, the police picked me up. Five of us were detained at the same location, and we were not given any explanation as to why.
“Now that we are cultists, we are just hearing it now. I don’t follow a cult.
The mother of three claimed that when she was detained by the police, she was out searching for her daily bread.