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Anambra Police Command arrests 80 cultists, recover arms

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THE Anambra State Po­lice Command yesterday announced that they have arrested 80 suspected cultists and recovered several caches of arms and ammunition since Sep­tember.

  The command said the hunt for the cultists was aimed at stemming the tide of cultism and other nefarious criminal activities in the state especially during the period of ember months.

  According to Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, crack squads of Special Anti-Cult Unit (SPACS) raided various hideouts and black spots where cultists are sus­pected to be hibernating at various locations within the state during the period under review.

  While 15 suspects were arrested from Ogidi axis, 12 from Ifitedunu and Awkuzu axis and eight from Ogbuni­ke and Abagana axis, seven came from Oba and Nne­wi axis, six from Nsugbe and Nkwelle-Ezunaka axis with five each from Awka and Aman­sea.

  Also, four suspects were arrested from Nawfia, Nimo and Abagana, Amikwo-Awka and Ebenebe-Ugbenu axis and Onitsha-Nkpor and Nsugbe, 3-3 axis.

Mohammed also said that police recovered two pump ac­tion riffles, one locally made pistol and two cartridges, and one double barrel gun. Other offensive weapons were also recovered from the suspects include 10 matchetes, five axes, two daggers and two barrettes.

  Similarly, a 16-year-old boy was yesterday arrested with a double-barrelled gun inside a school in Anambra State.

  Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said the boy was among the 80 suspected cultists arrested during a raid on various criminal hideouts and black spots across the state.

  Mohammed stated that 40 of the suspects had been charged, 15 screened and released unconditionally, five placed under police supervision for being underage, while 20 were undergoing investigation.

  “In order to stem the tide of cultism and other nefarious activities in the state, especially during this period of ’ember’ months, the command’s Special Anti-Cult Unit raided various hideouts and black spots, where cultists were suspected to be hibernating, at various locations within the state. From the raids carried out, a total of 80 suspects were arrested out of which 40 were charged, 15 suspects were screened and released unconditionally, five suspects were placed under police supervision for being underage, while 20 suspects, including a 16-year-old boy and confessed cultist, who was arrested with a double-barrelled gun inside his school compound at Igboukwu, are undergoing investigation,’ Mohammed stated.

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