The Police in Anambra has revealed that it arrested 100 suspected cultists in various locations in Anambra during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
A press release by the state police command, which was signed and issued to DAILY POST in Awka, the state capital, by its spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed that the operation started from December 20th and ended days after the new year.
He stated that dangerous weapons such as guns, machetes, axes, cutlasses, live ammunition and other incriminating items were retrieved from the suspects upon arrest.
“The operation was in continuation of our efforts to stem the tide of crime and ensure safety of lives and property in Anambra State.
“The Command Special Anti Cultism unit, FSARS and Divisional Police headquarters had during the period carried out a coordinated Raids on criminal hideouts and blackspots.
“Between 20/12/2018 to date, the State Command through its Special Anti Cultism Squad arrested 100 suspected cultists from various parts of the State.”
Mohammed, in the release, reeled out the towns and number of cultists arrested in such locations thus: “In Umunachi, Dunukofia, LGA 4 suspected cultists were arrested, Onitsha 17 Suspects were arrested, Umoji and Umokpu Awka 15 Suspects arrested, Oko community, 4 Suspects were arrested, Anambra/Ifitedunu 8 Suspects were arrested and Awada/Ekwusigo 3 Suspects were arrested.”
He also disclosed that one suspect was arrested at Ezi-Elias, four in Ihiala, five in Aguleri axis, while in Okpuno area of Awka, 10 were arrested. In Awka town, six persons were also arrested, in Nise, five and in Ogidi, 12 were arrested among others.
Mohammed said out of the 100 suspects, 27 have confessed to their membership of secret cult and have been charged to court, while 37 were screened and released. He said the 36 remaining suspects were undergoing investigation.