At least 63 members of a cultist group ‘Black Axe’ were arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command at Effoi village forest, near Eket, 15 June.
The information about the massive arrest was made available to the newsmen by DSP Etim Dickson, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Uyo.
All of the detainees confessed to being the members of the Neo-Black Movement in Nigeria.
Three cars, one bus, two motorcycles, ten cell phones, two locally-made pistols, five live cartridges, two axes, two drums, five black berets with ‘Aye’ insignia, and a container containing a substance suspected to be blood were recovered from them.
“All the suspects will be charged to court. You know the activity of cult group is becoming too rampant,” Dickson said.
He also urged all the citizens be alert to suspicious activity in their neighbourhood and report about any suspicious characters or items to the police for swift actions.
In recent times there has been a shocking rise in cult activity in Nigeria:Suspected cultists killed a 35-year-old man on June 14, dumped his body on the Olopo Meji, Oworonshoki Expressway in Lagos leaving the body to be crushed many times by on-coming vehicles.
Some suspected cult members went on rampage on June 2, killing no fewer than 15 people in Owerri, the Imo State capital in broad daylight.
On May 25, more than 20 female students of Benue State University, Makurdi, were robbed and raped by suspected cult members who invaded their hostel.
Also, sometime in May, four secondary school students were arrested by the police in Ondo over their alleged involvement in Cultism.
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