The Enugwu-Ukwu Special Anti-Cultism Squad Unit of the Anambra State Police Command has assembled thirty-four youths arrested over cult-related activities in the State.
Paraded also were four girls suspected to be members of White Angels’ confraternity. They were among the thirty-four suspects, between the age brackets of twenty and twenty-five.
The suspected cultists were arrested by the officers of the Police Special Anti-Cultism Squad from Ogbunike in Oyi Council area, and Awada in Idemili North LGA, respectively.
Upon their arrests, various exhibits were recovered from them which includes three live cartridges, expended cartridges, initiation drums, cult Regalia, two machetes, pump-action gun, locally made single barrel pistol, among others.
According to ABS Reporter, Emmanuel Okonkwo, some of the suspected cultists who pleaded for leniency, confessed to belonging to various cult groups including Black Axe, Vikings, Ayeez, and Viper confraternities, during the parading exercise, while others denied membership of any of the secrete cults and pleaded for their release.
The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Mr John Abang, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed during the parading the suspects, warned youths against secret cult which he said the command has zero-tolerance for.
He advised youths to channel their energy and talents into things that will be beneficial to them, their families, and the society at large.
Mr. Abang revealed that the suspects were arrested from the 12th of this month, and assured that after investigation, the suspects will be prosecuted and afterwards imprisoned if convicted, to serve as a deterrent to others.
The commissioner, however, asked Ndi Anambra to be at alert and security conscious at all times and to also report any suspicious person or illegal activities to a nearby police station for prompt action.
He called on parents and guardians and advised them to always monitor the activities of their children and wards to save them from cultism and other criminal and illegal activities.
The Anambra State Police Command also paraded another suspect, Mr Gerald Chika a native of Enugu State, at the Police Headquarters in Amawbia who was arrested at Emordi market in Awka where he attempted to rob one of the marketers in the market, Mr Kenechukwu Okafor of his belongings.
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