No fewer than 103 suspected cultists and armed robbers have been nabbed by the Special Anti Cultism unit, FSARS and Divisional Police headquarters in Anambra State.
The suspects were rounded off during a recent coordinated raid on criminal hideouts and black spots in the state.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed, the State Command, had between December 20, 2018 to date, arrested over one hundred suspected cultists from various parts of the State.
The areas include Umunachi in Dunukofia local government area of the state where 4 suspected cultists were arrested, 17 in Onitsha, 15 in Umoji, 15 in Umokpu Awka and 4 in Oko, Orumba North local government area of the state.
Others were Anambra/Ifitedunu 8 suspects, 3 in Awada, Onitsha 3 in Ekwusigo 3 in Ezi-Alias, 1 in Ihiala,
Also, 4 Suspected cultists/murder suspects were arrested in Aguleri axis, 5 in Okpuno/Abakaliki street in Awka, while 10 suspects were nabbed in Awka and 6 suspects arrested in Umuawulu/Nibo/Niset, 5 suspects arrested on Umoaba Anam 1 robbery suspected cultist arrested Awka North 5 suspects arrested, Nkpor/Ogidi area 12 suspects arrested respectively.
Weapons recovered from the suspects were 2 machetes, 1 jack knife, 2 axes and 1 butcher’s knife.
The statement reads in part, “Out of the 100 suspects arrested so far, 27 have confessed and charged to Court, 37 were screened and released, while 36 others are undergoing investigation.
“It would be recalled that on the 24/12/2018 armed robbers attacked one Linus Emeka and snatched his Lexus jeep with REG NO. ENU 779 NX at gunpoint.
“Following the incident, Police detectives attached to FSARS Awkuzu trailed and arrested two suspects in their hideout at Ifite Awka on the 30/12/2018 at about 6pm as follows.
“Ebuka Emekwite aged 26 years and Uchendu Afunwa aged 25 years of Obosi area of Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.”
The PPRO said the Suspects have confessed their membership of same syndicate who robbed the complainant.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include 1 Baretta pistol with six rounds of .9mm live ammunition.
He said the case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.