The Police in Edo State said on Monday in Benin City that it had arrested a man alleged to be a cultist and serial killer with 38 victims.
A statement signed by Chidi Nwabuzor, a deputy superintendent of police and spokesperson of the Police Command in the state, said the suspect was arrested last Tuesday following the receipt of credible intelligence.
Mr Nwabuzor said the 37-year-old suspect was on a mission to kill a victim (names withheld) before his arrest.
He also said on his arrest, the suspect was immediately searched during which two guns were found on him.
He further explained that the suspect was thereafter taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further interrogation where he made useful statements and confessed to the killing of 38 persons.
Mr Nwabuzor said a further search was carried out at the suspect’s residence, where a double barrel gun was recovered.
The spokesman, however, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed DanMallam, had directed further investigation into the case.
He appealed to law abiding citizens of the state to go about their normal businesses.
He quoted Mr DanMallam as warning criminal elements in the state to submit themselves to the police or vacate the state or face the consequences.
According to Mr Nwabuzor, the commissioner warned that under his watch, the command is ready to flush out criminals or bring them to justice through due process.