The police in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta
State have arrested 45 students of the state-owned polytechnic,
Ozoro, for alleged involvement in cultism and unlawful
gathering.
The Ozoro Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Wagbara,
confirmed the arrest.
He noted that his men acted on intelligence report of unlawful
activities of the suspects to arrest them.
The suspects, arrested at the weekend, he said, had made
useful statements to the police.
According to him, the police will drag the suspects to court upon
completion of their investigation.
He said, “The command will not rest on its oars in the protection
of lives and property as well as making sure that the community
is safe.”
Wagbara, who said the command would not tolerate any
unlawful gathering, added that his men were fully on the ground
to protect and defend the laws of the country.
But a relation of one of the suspects, who refused to be named,
claimed that the students only converged on the community hall
to celebrate the end of their semester examinations.
Meanwhile, as of the time of filing the report, parents and friends
of the suspects had trooped to the police station at Ozoro to
seek their release from detention.
Findings reveal that Ozoro and Ogwashi-Uku polytechnics have
been under siege of cult-related activities in the last one year
with no fewer than 21 persons allegedly killed.