In a recent law enforcement operation aimed at curbing the rising tide of cult-related violence in Delta State, police operatives on a special assignment successfully apprehended a 37-year-old individual known to be deeply entrenched in the activities of a notorious cult group. The individual in question, identified as Philips Omomedia, stands accused of involvement in a series of heinous cult-related killings that have plagued communities within the region.

The apprehension of Omomedia, a native of the Onogo-Vor clan in Oghara, marks a significant breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to dismantle the infrastructure of organized crime in the area. The arrest, which took place in the Oghara community situated within the Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State, was the culmination of diligent investigative work and strategic enforcement measures deployed by law enforcement authorities.

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During the operation, police officers seized a cache of illicit firearms, including an automatic double-barrel gun, along with a substantial quantity of live cartridges, from the possession of the suspect. The recovery of these dangerous weapons underscores the grave threat posed by individuals involved in cult activities and highlights the urgent need for decisive action to address the proliferation of illegal firearms in the region.

The arrest of Omomedia comes in the wake of a spate of reported cases of cultism and gun-running, which have instilled fear and insecurity among residents of Ughellli, Warri, Sapele, Oghara, and their surrounding areas. The prevalence of such criminal activities has cast a dark shadow over the peaceful coexistence of communities and necessitated a swift and coordinated response from law enforcement agencies.

Confirming the successful operation, SP Bright Edafe, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, issued a statement on Tuesday, providing details of the arrest and the ongoing investigation into Omomedia’s alleged involvement in cult-related crimes. According to Edafe, preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspect is affiliated with the Aro-Bagar confraternity, a notorious cult group known for its involvement in violent criminal activities.

While the arrest of Omomedia represents a significant breakthrough in the fight against cultism and related crimes in Delta State, law enforcement authorities remain vigilant and committed to rooting out the scourge of organized crime from the region. The ongoing investigation into the activities of the suspect and his associates underscores the determination of the police to bring perpetrators of violence to justice and restore peace and security to the affected communities.