75 cultists have been arrested by the police in Anambra State, spokesman Haruna Mohammed said yesterday in a statement in Awka.
He said the suspects were apprehended by the command’s Operation Puff Adder and Special Anti-Cult Unit (SPACS) during raids on criminals’ hideouts. Mohammed said 25 of the suspects were screened out, 22 charged to court, 11 placed under police supervision, while 17 others were being investigated.
He said on May 11 at Aguleri/Umueri axis, six suspected cultists were arrested. On May 12 at Nando/Nteje axis, 12 suspected cultists were nabbed. 0n May 13 at Igbariam/Ukwulu axis, eight suspected cultists were held. On May 14 in Awka, 11 suspected cultists were arrested. On May 15 at Ogidi, eight suspected cultists apprehended. On May 16 at Obosi, 11 suspected cultists were nabbed.
On May 17 at Okija, five suspected cultists were arrested. On May 18 at Okpuno, four suspected cultists were nabbed. On May 19 at Osumenyi, eight suspected cultists were arrested.
The spokesman listed the exhibits recovered from them to include one bag containing dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, three barretts and three improvised bunker for inhaling substances suspected to be cocaine.
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Source (The Nation, Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.)