Anambra state Police command has paraded twenty suspected cultists apprehended by the command’s Anti-Cult unit.
Out of the twenty suspects, two are underaged of sixteen and seventeen years.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include two pump actions guns, two double barrel guns, two fabricated pistols, ten machetes, four daggers, among other incriminating items.
One of the underaged suspects, Master Echezona Metu from Igbo-Ukwu, who is an SS 1 student of Community Secondary school Igbo-Ukwu was arrested with a single barrel gun inside the school premises.
Parading the suspects at the Command’s Anti-Cult unit in Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Council Area, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Muhammed, revealed that from the first of this month the command had arrested eighty suspected cultists, out of which forty had been charged to court, fifteen are screened and released unconditionally, and five are underaged who are placed under police supervision.
CP Abang appealed to Ndi Anambra and other residents in the state to always monitor the movements of their children and wards, and to also take note of the kind of friends they keep to know when they are derailing.
He assured that the command will not relent in its efforts to ensure that the state is rid of crimes and criminality.
One of the suspects, Master Metu aged sixteen, while pleading for leniency, confessed to be a member of a secret cult called White Dangers, disclosing that the gun he was seen with belongs to his aged father who fought in the Biafran Army, and he was at the school with the gun to prove to his classmates who were doubting that his father was a Biafran Army.
Another suspect aged twenty-one, Nzube Edu who hails from Abia state and resident in Obosi confessed to have been a cultist since 2014 when he was initiated into the secret group in Abia state, and pleaded for forgiveness as according to him, he has not been active in the group since his relocation to Anambra state few years ago.