Police in Imo State have arrested eight undergraduates of various institutions in the state for their involvement in cultism.
Parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters, Owerri, the capital of Imo State, Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, stated that the Anti -Cultism Unit of the command was charged to deal ruthlessly with issues of 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 maintained that the suspects were members
of the Black Axe
Confraternity, who were returning from an initiation at Awo – Omamma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
He further disclosed that one locally- made gun, one live cartridge, one machete and a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the suspects.
According to him, “While on a stop and search duty on the Ogbaku / Onishta Road , Owerri , operatives of the Police Mobile Force , Squadron 18 , Owerri , stopped one commuter bus with number plate ACA 22 WZ conveying 18 male persons suspected to be cultists.
“On a thorough search, one locally -made short gun, one live cartridge, one machete and a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the bus.
“After thorough investigation, it was discovered that the suspects were members of the Black Axe Confraternity returning from a certain bush in Awo –Omamma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they initiated new members”
CP Ladodo revealed that further investigation showed that the gun and machete were linked to the first suspect, Nkwocha, a student of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
Source: NigDailyWatch 2019