- The Akwa Ibom state police command arrests 35 suspected cultists in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and Onna local government areas of the state
- The state police spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, says 15 of the cultists arrested in Ukanafun and Etim-Ekpo on October 29, 2017 were charged to court and remanded at the Ikot Ekpene prison
- Elkana links some of the cult groups to criminal acts including armed-robberies and kidnappings
A Pastor in one of the new generation churches in Akwa Ibom state, Victor Ufot Udofia, has been arrested by the police for allegedly heading the Isakaba cult group.
The pastor was among 35 suspected cultists arrested by the police in Akwa Ibom state for allegedly belonging to two different cult groups operating in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and Onna local government areas of the state, This Day reports.
The police public relations officer (PPRO) of the Akwa Ibom state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this on Wednesday, November 1, during an interview with news men, saying the cult groups were responsible for chieftaincy and political tussles in the LGAs.
Giving statistics of the arrests made so far, he said 15 of the cultists arrested in Ukanafun and Etim-Ekpo on October 29, 2017 were charged to court and remanded at the Ikot Ekpene prison.
He added that 20 of the cultists were arrested in Onna on October 30 pending when they will be charged to court.
Elkana stated that the police offensive against the cultists was made possible through intelligent gathering from members of the public and tactical operation of the anti-robbery and kidnapping squad of the command.
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He linked some of the cult groups to crimes committed in the three LGAs including armed-robberies and kidnappings
“If you look at the crisis in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and Onna is either chieftaincy or political. But the crisis in Onna is political," he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has announced that the state may soon provide death sentence for cultists as a bill to that effect has been sent to the House of Assembly.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor made the announcement on Wednesday after two students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) were murdered outside the school gate within the spate of one week by men suspected to be cult members.
Fayose took to his Twitter page on Wednesday morning to announce that the process to provide death sentence for cultism related offence has started.
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