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Police arrest 16 suspected cultists in Enugu



From Kosi Chukwuagolum, Enugu

16 suspects, including a female, have been arrested by Enugu State Police Command for cultism and unlawful possession of firearms within the past two weeks.

The Police also recovered two cut-to-size locally-made guns, one locally-made pistol, two live cartridges, six mobile phones, a powdery substance suspected to be heroin and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the command’s public relations officer, ASP Ndukwe, revealed this in a statement he made in Enugu.

ASP Ndukwe said that the success was achieved by joint operations carried out by police operatives attached to 9th Mile Police Division, Anti-Cult Unit and personnel of the Nigerian Army, 82 Division, in Enugu.

The suspects include “Cornelius Uche, 31; Ifeanyi Umeneze, 22; Chijioke Anachuna, 34; Chibuzor Umeayo, 28; Chinedu Okeke, 23; Ozinachi Obadike, 22; Ifeanyi Nwagbo, 27; Chigozie Okeke, 18, and Chikamso Odinwankpa, 18.

“They were arrested on May 4th within Ezeagu Local Government Area following their alleged involvement in bloody cult clashes.

“Others include: Ozor Chidubem, 22; Amina Inalegwu (female), 18; Benard Bright, 20; Ugwu Chidera, 21; Ani Chukwuebuka, 23, and Onoh Obumneme, 20.

“They were arrested along Enugu-Makurdi Expressway, 9th Mile, Udi L.G.A. on their way to plan and perfect a heinous cult activity, as preliminary investigation reveals.

“Another of the suspect, one Uchenna Aniagozie, 28, was arrested on April 28, for his alleged involvement in a deadly cult clash sometime in January 2021.

“Preliminary investigation shows that they all confessed to being members of Vikings Confraternity,’’ he said.

ASP Ndukwe revealed that the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly once ongoing investigations into their iniquitous activities are concluded.

“To this end, residents of the state have been called upon to remain law-abiding, vigilant and quickly report suspected criminals and their activities to the nearest police station.

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