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ENUGU: Police arrest 26 suspects over cult war

THE Enugu State Police Command has revealed that it has arrested 26 persons suspected to be involved in the cult clashes going on in the state.

It stated that 14 persons had died in the past two weeks as a result of cult fights between members of the Vikings Aro Mate and Black Axe fraternities.

However, the command said in a statement released today by its spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, had ordered Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and heads of the state command’s Tactical Teams to use all operational and intelligence resources at their disposal to further crack down on the criminal elements and prosecute them.

Ndukwe revealed that members of the Command’s Anti-cultism Squad had detained 26 male suspects ranging in age from 18 to 40.

He added that the suspects, who were all connected to the crime, confessed to belonging to the Supreme Vikings and Black Axe Confraternities, which are both parties to the cult war.

The statement read, “Preliminary investigations reveal that some members of Black Axe confraternity, on 29/03/2023 at about 2230 hrs, conspired, shot and injured a member of Supreme Vikings confraternity in the arm, at Emene, Enugu.

“On receipt of the information, members of Supreme Vikings confraternity, in solidarity with their murdered member, conspired and declared war against members of Black Axe confraternity, which has led to counter and counter murderous armed attacks between the secret cult groups in different parts of Enugu metropolis, Agbani and Nsukka areas of the state.

“The investigations further reveal that the attacks have led to the murder of a yet-to-be-ascertained number of individuals on different dates and times in the mentioned locations.

“The suspects were today, 20/04/2023, arraigned in court and remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Custodial Centre; while frantic operational and investigative efforts are on course to apprehend and bring other perpetrators of the act to book.”

He went on to say that the commissioner for urged parents, guardians, community and religious leaders in the State to caution and dissuade their children, wards, or subjects from partaking in secret cultism and its related criminal activities.

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