- Eight suspected cultists have been arrested by the police in Anambra
- The police said they terrorised the community and its environs on daily basis
- The noted that the suspects would soon be charged to court to serve as a deterrent to others
The Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SPACS) of the Anambra Police Command declared that it has arrested eight suspected cultists at Umuezeagu village, Anaku community in Ayamelu local government Area of the state.
The SPACS commander, Christopher Bassey told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Onitsha that the suspects were apprehended following a tip-off.
Bassey said the suspects included a wanted cultism kingpin, Ogunsan Igwebuike and seven others namely: Eubuka Chidukwe, Kosolu Ifene and Onwune Onuorah.
Others are Ewele Okeke, Oloh Chike, Ogugua Maduka and Odemenam Chinedu.
“This group of suspected cultists have been terrorising the community and its environs on daily basis, forcing youths in the area to join their group.
“Following a tip-off my squad stormed a hideout on May 6 at about 1800hrs during their meeting and arrested them.”
Bassey advised parents to always monitor the type of company their children keep adding that they would not be spared when caught.
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The commander urged members of the public to always furnish the police with vital information that will lead to arrest of cultists and other criminal elements in the society.
According to him, the suspects would soon be charged to court to serve as a deterrent to others.
He said items recovered from the suspects included one cut-to-size locally made gun, one axe, one expended cartridge, one barret cap, charms, one knife and two plastic bottles containing hard drug.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the police said they had arrested two suspected cultists, simply identified as Kanmi,( also known as Father) and Alami Samuel.
The spokesman of the command, SP Chike Oti, in a statement, confirmed the arrest to newsmen, stressing that they were nabbed on Thursday, March 29, while trying to attack a rival gang member at Illasamaja area of Lagos.
Oti said the first suspect was arrested based on credible intelligence report as he had been on a wanted list for long over many violent crimes, including cultism.
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