Edo Police parade army deserter over cultism

Edo Police parade army deserter over cultism

Police in Benin have paraded a deserter in the Nigerian army for alleged cultism. The deserter Private, Opiri Stephen, was nabbed while celebrating his birthday with his friends and cult members at Ekpoma West Local Government Area of the State. Stephen who is of the 4-Brigade, Nigerian Army, was clad in army camouflage trousers and

Police in Benin have paraded a deserter in the Nigerian army for alleged cultism.

The deserter Private, Opiri Stephen, was nabbed while celebrating his birthday with his friends and cult members at Ekpoma West Local Government Area of the State.

Stephen who is of the 4-Brigade, Nigerian Army, was clad in army camouflage trousers and vest during the arrest.

He said was posted to fight on the hot-bed insurgency in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital where he went AWOL.

He said he joined the army in 2017 and was posted to Maiduguri, but deserted in December, 2018.

The suspect hailed from Sabongida-Ora, in Owan West Local Government Area of the State.

The 25-year-old deserter, noted that he renowned his cult membership before he became a soldier, but, he has no document to validate his claim.

“I joined Aiye confraternity in 2016. My bush name is Kokoma. I later joined the military in 2017 and was drafted to Maiduguri, where I was serving till December.

“Things were happening there. I was scared. That was why I decided to come back home to rest for some time.

“I was celebrating my birthday yesterday (Thursday) at Ekpoma, with my friends when I was arrested,” he said. 

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam who paraded the suspect along with 80 others at State Police Command, said the law would take its cause.

Arrested suspects were arrested across the State for various crimes including cultism, armed robbery and crimes.

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