The Anambra State Police Command has announced the arresto 53 cultists after raids on their hideouts in different parts of the state.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, on Thursday n Awka the state capital, adding that the development was in the command’s determination to sustain the ongoing manhunt for cultists, adding that cultism had become a major social problem in the state.
Mohammed further revealed that the operation was carried out by police personnel attached to the command’s Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with the Special Anti-Cult Unit.
“At the Abba/Abagana area, 15 suspected cultists were arrested;Ukwulu, six suspected cultists were arrested; at Oko/Amaokpola/Awgbu area, eight suspected cultists were also apprehended,” Mohammed stated, adding that 24 of the suspects were arrested in the Nteje, Ogidi, Amawbia, Urum and Ihiala areas of the state at different times.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects to include four axes, three cutlasses, some quantities of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, and a substance suspected to be cocaine.
The PPRO also explained that 15 of those arrested have been screened out, nine were charged to court, while 29 were undergoing investigation.
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