Anambra: Police parade 80 suspected cultists, recuperate firearms

Police in Anambra State have arrested and paraded 80 individuals suspected to be cultists.

The suspects have been arrested at varied occasions throughout the month of September, and at varied areas in Anambra state, police spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed.

Haruna stated the arrests have been finished in an effort to stem the tide of cultism and different nefarious actions within the State particularly throughout this era of ember months.

“The Command Particular Anti-Cult Unit (SPACS) had throughout the interval below assessment raided varied hideouts and blackspots the place cultists are suspected to be hibernating at varied areas throughout the State as follows,

“On the 01/09/2020 at Ogidi /Nkpor axis, 15 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 02 /09 /2020 at Awka /Amansea axis, 06 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 03/09 /2020 at Onitsha /Nkpor axis, 05 suspected cultists have been arrested.

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“On the 04/09/2020 at Oba/Nnewi axis, 07 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 05/09 /2020 , at Nsugbe/Nkwelle-ezunaka axis, 06 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 06/09/2020, at Ogbunike/Abagana axis , 08 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 07/09 /2020, at Nawfia, 04 suspected cultists arrested.

“On the 08/09/2020, at Nimo/Abagana axis, 04 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 09/09/2020 at Ifitedunu /Awkuzu axis, 12 suspected have been cultists arrested. On the 10/09/2020, at Amikwo, 04 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 14/09/2020, at Nsugbe/3-Three axis, 05 suspected cultists have been arrested. On the 15/09/2020, at Ebenebe /Ugbenu axis, 04 suspected cultists have been arrested,” he stated.

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He added that, “From all of the raids carried out, a complete of 80 suspects have been arrested out of which 40 suspects have been charged to Court docket,15 suspects have been screened and launched unconditionally, 5 suspects have been positioned below police supervision for being below aged whereas 20 suspects together with a sixteen years previous confessed cultist, one Echezoma Metu ‘m’ who was arrested with a double barrel gun inside his faculty compound at Igboukwu are present process investigation.”

He listed displays recovered to incorporate, two pump motion weapons, 10 machetes, 5 axes, two daggers, three barrettes, one double barrel gun, two locally-made pistol and three reside cartridges.

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