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Police Arrest Suspected Cultists At Initiation In Enugu

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 at 12:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu


Police have arrested two suspected cultists at their initiation ground in a bush at River Lane, behind Artisan Quarters Enugu.

It was gathered that the two suspects and others had converged at the initiation/meeting ground for their activities when men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were alerted.

The SARS men reportedly trailed the cultists to the initiation ground and on approaching the place, the cultists were said to have opened fire on the police vehicle, but were overpowered.

The suspects

The suspects

In the ensuing shoot-out, the policemen arrested two of the suspected cultists while the others managed to escape.

Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed the arrest said that the two apprehended cultists identified themselves as Benjamin Ofuoke from Izzi in Ebonyi State and residing in Enugu and Chukwu Collins from Ezioha in Awgu LGA of Enugu state.

AmaraIzu said the police recovered a black bay which the cultists used to cover their faces during initiation.

According to Amaraizu, Benjamin Ofuoke disclosed that he is a carpenter but regretted joining the cult group.

“Chukwu Collins on his part, regretted what took him to the cult group, a situation he blamed on one of his friends called Ifeanyi at Emene during their secondary school days in November 2012 who forced him towards joining cult group although he did not reveal it to his parents.

“He further disclosed that he is a member of J.V.C Confraternity and also a mechanic. He maintained that he has been struggling to leave the group since the demise of his brother identified as Amaechi Chukwu, who was allegedly killed in December 2012 by a rival cult group at Ukwu Mango Emene,” Amaraizu who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Adamu Mohammed has enjoined the youth to be law abiding and refrain from cultism to enable them realize their dreams.

Mohammed further urged them to utilize the opportunity offered by the state Police Command through its campaign against cultism and other vices to shun cultism and other vices and at the same time become meaningful to themselves and the society.