Mr. Rasheed Olatunde, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Benin said on Tuesday that the police had arrested a suspected cultist, Wilson Iriajen, in Benin, Edo State.
Olatunde, who addressed reporters in Benin, said the arrest was in line with directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to mop up illegal arms.
He said acting on intelligence, operatives nabbed the suspect on July 24 in Benin.
Olatunde said the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to being a member of the Eiye Confraternity.
He reportedly claimed to have joined the cult in 1992 as a student at Ambrose Ali University, Epkoma, but said he had renounced his membership.
“I inherited the barrel from my father and it’s for my protection because of insecurity in the country.
“I am not a thief; I did business of selling and buying guns for seven years. I am not married, but I have a son,” Iriajen said.
Police spokesman Emeka Ihenacho said items recovered from the suspect included a double barrel gun, registered as MBDT 5870, and pump action guns, T587013-0216 and P630882.
Others are Apple laptop, three international passports, and a wrapped substance suspected to be Indian hemp.
Ihenacho said the police were doing their best to clean up Benin City and fish out bad eggs.
He said investigation was on, adding that the suspect will be arraigned after investigation.
The spokesman told the public security was a collective responsibility.
He enjoined them to support the police.
“Through the supply of information, we can help in the detection and arrest of criminals,” Ihenacho said.