Police raid criminal hideouts in Anambra, arrest 53 cultists

The Anambra State Police Command has intensified the raid of criminal hideouts in the state and claimed to have arrested 53 alleged cultists in the process.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Awka, the state capital.

He said the development was in the command’s determination to sustain the ongoing manhunt for cultists, adding that cultism had become a major social problem in the state.

Mohammed said the operation was carried out by police personnel attached to the command’s Operation Puff Adder in conjunction with the Special Anti-Cult Unit.

“At the Abba/Abagana area, 15 suspected cultists were arrested; at Ukwulu, six suspected cultists were arrested; at Oko/Amaokpola/Awgbu area, eight suspected cultists were also apprehended,” he stated.

The PPRO said 24 of the suspects were arrested in the Nteje, Ogidi, Amawbia, Urum and Ihiala areas of the state at different times.

He listed exhibits recovered from the suspects to include four axes, three cutlasses, some quantities of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, and a substance suspected to be cocaine.

The PPRO said from those arrested, 15 were screened out, nine were charged to court, while 29 were undergoing investigation.

He added, “In a related development, police detectives attached to the Ogidi Division, in conjunction with the Operation Puff Adder operatives, had stormed the hideout of a notorious armed robbery suspect, one Emeka, at Ikenga Ogidi following intelligence report and recovered a double-barrelled gun from him.

“The suspect, on sighting the police, escaped through the back door and efforts are ongoing to get him arrested in order to bring him to justice.”
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