The Edo State Police Command have busted a suspected ritual shrine in Benin and arrested three suspects with 20 mummified bodies.
In a statement issued by the command Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu on Thursday said some corpses were discovered in a building along Asoro slope, off Ekenhua road in Uzebu quarters, Benin.
“In pursuance of its operational mandate of nipping crimes in the bud, Operatives of the Edo State Police Command unravelled a suspected ritual shrine.
“Following credible information at the Command’s disposal that some corpse were discovered in a building along Asoro slope off Ekenhua road, Uzebu quarters, Benin city, operatives of the command immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene.
“At the scene, three suspects were arrested while others fled.
Items recovered at the scene, according to her, are 15 mummified male corpses, three mummified female corpses and two mummified children corpses.
“To this end, the state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of state CID to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the discovered corpses,” he added.