The Police Command in Edo says a 65-year-old herbalist is among the 22 people arrested for armed robbery, cultism and unlawful assembly in the state.
The quoted the spokesman for the command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, as saying this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Benin.
Nwabuzor said the herbalist and one other suspect were arrested in Benin on January 31, by the command’s surveillance team.
He said they were arrested following an investigation into cases of unlawful possession of a firearm and armed robbery.
According to the police spokesman, one pump action gun has been recovered from them.
Nwabuzor added that two others suspected of conspiracy, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed robbery were also arrested by the police surveillance team.
He said the gang used a Mercedes GLK and a black Lexus SUV for their armed robbery operations to hoodwink their victims.
The command’s spokesman said a pump action gun, four cut-to-size locally made guns and nine live cartridges were recovered from them.
He noted that the suspects had confessed to having robbed many people between Benin and Auchi in Edo.
Similarly, the police spokesperson said 13 people suspected of participating in the February 15 protest over banknotes were arrested, while five others were nabbed for cultism and unlawful possession of a firearm.