Delta State Police Command has arrested fifteen suspected cultists terrorising Ogwashi Uku and its environs in Aniocha South local government area.
This came even as a wave of crackdown on cultists and criminal gangs in Delta North and other parts of the state has heightened.
The suspects are alleged to be involved in acts of kidnapping, murder and maiming of villagers who resisted their acts of intimidation.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman, who confirmed their arrest said that similar arrests had been made at Aladja and Uwvie as part of the renewed efforts by police to curtail the activities of cultists in that state.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Mr. Vitalis Ibe who led the operation, said indigenes of the town were full of apprehensions about the activities of the gang that had threatened to continue with or without their leaders.
The indigenes of both communities also alleged that one of the arrested masterminds had been behind series of land disputes, which had escalated in the past two years, leading to deaths and injuries to innocent persons.