Benue Police Nab 20 Suspected Cultists
By Amos Aar, Makurdi
THE Benue State Police Command said it has arrested twenty (20) persons suspected to be cultists in the last three weeks in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Sewuese Anene, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wale Abbas.
The statement reads: “Benue police command has embarked on clamp down on cultism in Makurdi metropolis. In the last three weeks, officers were deployed to North Bank and Wurukum areas precisely.
“The efforts of these officers in collaboration with other security agencies as well as members of the community restored peace in places that were earlier affected. Twenty suspects were arrested and charged to court as reflected below.
“Suspects arrested during the operation include; Obieze Chibuzor, Daniel Sabo, Friday Chimana of North Bank, who were arrested in possession of fourteen (14) packs of dry leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp. Akegh Beeior Oscar, Terwase Saaior and Peter Adura were arrested with two locally made pistols and three (3) cartridges. Fourteen (14) others were also arrested in connection with cultism. These suspects have been charged to court in accordance with the laws.”
The command called on parents, teachers, traditional and religious leaders to join the fight against cultism that is destroying young people.
In a chat with our correspondent, some residents of North Bank who did not want their names in print said that criminal activities have persisted despite the reported arrest of 20 suspected cultists. They lamented that culprits break into people’s houses in broad daylight and cart away properties unchallenged while cult cases were still being experienced.
National Record gathered that North Bank has become a no go area as the activities of cultists, kidnappers and armed robbers are heard on daily basis.