By Jude Michael
Run has run out of three suspected cultists as the Anambra State Police Command has landed them in their net in separate operations.
The Command said it recovered one English Berretta pistol, one locally fabricated gun, one motorcycle, and one live ammunition, from the suspects.
The State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, stated this in a press release made available to Trinitas last Sunday.
He said the arrest was in line with assurances by the Command to ensure that the activities of cultists were reduced to the barest minimum.
Ikenga said the Command had a commitment to ensure a crime-free state by checkmating cultism and other violent crimes, as well as bringing perpetrators of such acts to book.
He said, ‘Police operatives have arrested three suspects and recovered one English Berretta Pistol, one locally fabricated gun, one live ammunition, one motorcycle, three phones, cash of N22,400 and substances suspected to be hard drugs from the suspects.
‘The police operatives at about 11pm on Wednesday, March 2, working on credible information, stormed a criminal hideout in Awada, Idemili North LGA, and arrested one Onyedika Okwuibe, ‘M’ aged 25 years.
‘He led the operatives to one Chimaobi Ezeoke, who, he alleged, gave him the gun. They both confessed to being members of Vikings Cult group.’
The spokesperson also said in a separate operation, police operatives, working with the vigilante group in Ufuma, Orumba North LGA, arrested a suspect named Samuel Nwankwo and recovered one locally fabricated gun, one motorcycle, substance suspected to be hard drugs and cash of #22,400.
‘The suspect and one other gang member still at large, operating with an unregistered motorcycle, had attacked Heca Filling Station along Umunze/Ekwulobia Road and dispossessed the sales girl of proceeds of cash sales.’
He however added that the criminals were intercepted by vigilante operatives working with the police, and that the suspects had been interrogated while men of the Command were still after the fleeing members of the syndicate.