Police arrest cult group gang leader, recover AK 47


The Bayelsa State Police Command says that operatives of Operation Puff Adder have arrested the ring leader of the cult group that attacked the Lion of Judah Deliverance Church, Azikoro, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

During the attack on the church on Wednesday, four persons including a pregnant woman, identified simply as Imomotimi, were murdered.

The names of the other victims are Alfred Marcus, 30; Gabriel Ejimofor, 45 and Uchechukwu Ejimofor, female, aged 38.

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The incident had happened when hoodlums suspected to be cult members attacked the church, off Bakery Road, Azikoro.

While Imomotimi and Marcus were said to be killed inside the church, a couple, Gabriel Ejimofor and his wife, Uchechukwu, were allegedly killed near their house.

The assailants also reportedly burnt a house down, destroyed church property and vehicles in the area.

A spokesman for the command, SP Asinim Butswat, said the gang leader was arrested on Thursday, 6 August 2020.

He said the suspect later confessed to the crime and took the police team to a hideout where an  AK 47 rifle and ten rounds of ammunition used in the operation were recovered in the early hours of Friday.

He said the suspect was cooperating with the police in the investigation.

Butswat said the Commissioner of Police Mike Okoli had deployed additional detectives to fish out the other fleeing gang members, adding that investigation was ongoing.


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