The Imo State police command have arrested eight undergraduates of varied establishments within the state for involvement in cultism.
The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, who paraded the suspects on the command headquarters in Owerri, stated the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command had been charged to cope with problems with cultism.
He listed the suspects as Chinasa Nkwocha, 19; Chukwudi Ebendu, 25; Kelechi Anyaegbu, 33; Ikenna Amadi, 22; Chidiebube Emecheta, 26; Chibueze Unegbu, 23; Chiebube Anyanwu, 27; and Joseph Okereke, 26.
The CP stated the suspects had been members of the Black Axe Confraternity, who had been coming back from an initiation at Awo-Omamma within the Oru East Local Government Area of the state. Ladodo acknowledged that one locally-made gun, one dwell cartridge, one machete and a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp had been recovered from the suspects.
The CP stated, “While on a cease and search responsibility on the Ogbaku/Onishta Road, Owerri, operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Squadron 18, Owerri, stopped one commuter bus with quantity plate ACA 22 WZ conveying 18 male individuals suspected to be cultists.
“On an intensive search, one locally-made brief gun, one dwell cartridge, one machete and a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp had been recovered from the bus.
After thorough investigation, it was found that the suspects had been members of the Black Axe Confraternity coming back from a sure bush in Awo-Omamma within the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, the place they initiated new members.”
The CP stated additional investigation revealed that the gun and machete had been linked to the primary suspect, Nkwocha, a pupil of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
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