The police in Enugu state have arrested no fewer than 16 suspects over Cultism, illegal possession of firearms and hard drugs in the last two weeks.
The Enugu police spokesperson Daniel Ndukwe revealed in a statement on Sunday that operatives recovered two cut-to-size locally-made guns, one locally-made pistol, two live cartridges, six mobile phones, a powdery substance suspected to be heroin and weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp, from 16 suspects, one female inclusive.
According to Mr Ndukwe, the feat was achieved by joint operations carried out by police operatives attached to the 9th Mile Police Division, Anti-Cult Unit and personnel of the Nigerian Army, 82 Division in Enugu.
He said that the joint operation took place between April 19 and May 4, within a span of three council areas in the state.
“Some of them were arrested on May 4 within Ezeagu Local Government Area following their alleged involvement in bloody cult clashes.
“Others were arrested along Enugu-Makurdi Expressway, 9th Mile, Udi L.G.A. on their way to plan and perfect a heinous cult activity, as preliminary investigation reveals.
“Another of the suspect, one Uchenna Aniagozie, 28, was arrested on April 28 for his alleged involvement in a deadly cult clash sometime in January 2021.
“Preliminary investigation shows that they all confessed to being members of Vikings Confraternity,” he said.
The police spokesman said that the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly once ongoing investigations into their nefarious activities are concluded.
“To this end, residents of the state have been called upon to remain law-abiding, vigilant and quickly report suspected criminals and their activities to the nearest police station.
“Residents can call the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172,” he added.