At least 17 suspected cultists have been arrested in Nigeria by the country’s federal police along the wagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis, according to a police spokesman who stated that the suspects belong to a gang known as Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities.
In a statement released today, Sunday 11th April 2021, the federal police revealed that the suspected cultists have been terrorizing people within the community. They were arrested with some weapons such as locally made pistols, and two (2) rounds of live ammunition, four (4) cartridges, two (2) knives chain, one (1) ax, one (1) cutlass, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and charms.
The statement went further to state that the suspects were arrested between 5th-Friday 9th April 2021 by Police from the Command’s Anti-Cultism Unit after receiving a tip about their activities within the area.
Nigeria police have stepped up efforts against criminal gangs following last week’s deadly incident where unidentified gunmen stormed a correctional facility in Owerri Imo state and freed 1800 prisoners, and destroyed the entire facility.
President Buhari responded by firing the Inspector General of police who had accused a separatist group in Nigeria, the Indigenous People of Biafra, of being behind the prison break.