The Edo State Police Command says it is aware of the recent surge in secret cult fighting and the killings in Benin, which have claimed the lives of innocent citizens, particularly that of Hillary Odia, a staff member of Independent Television and Radio, Benin City.
Mr Odia was reportedly shot dead on Christmas Eve at a drinking joint near Esigie Police Station in the heart of Benin.
In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the command said it was vigorously fighting the crime for the state to be peaceful for all.
Mr Nwabuzor said the police’s effort against cult members was shown in the loss of one of its personnel on December 24 during an operation in the Ugbowo axis of the city.
“Nevertheless, a sizable number of arrests of the secret cult members of various cult groups have been made in different locations in the state and will soon be charged to court for prosecution.
“In view of the above, Mr Mohammed Adamu Dankwara, the Commissioner Of Police Edo, appeals to the people of Edo State to remain calm and go about their Christmas celebrations.
“He reiterates the command’s commitments and readiness of officers and men to ensure the safety of the lives and property of the citizenry and residents of Edo State during this yuletide period.
“He, however, solicits the citizens’ participation in giving out information to the Police, as modern and civilised policing entails citizenship and community policing,” the command’s spokesperson said.