By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Operation Puff Adder Police Unit on Sunday recorded its first break with the arrest of fifteen suspected cultists during their initiation in a forest in Ukwulu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The suspects who allegedly belong tp Aiye Confraternity were arrested around 12:45am on Sunday following credible intelligence report that some unsuspected cultists were initiating new members into their secret cult group.
A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed reads in part, “On the 12/5/2019 at about 12:45am, following credible intelligence report that some suspected cultists were initiating new members into their secret cult group at Ukwulu forest in Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State, Police operatives comprising of Special Anti Cult unit (SPACS) and “operation Puff Adder” stormed the bush and arrested 15 male suspects while undergoing initiation into Aiye confraternity.
“Exhibits recovered at the scene include,
Regalia of Ayes secret cult, drum and charms of different categories, four knives and empty shell of expended cartridge.”
In a related development on the same date at about 04:45am similar exercise also took place at Mbaukwu in Awka South LGA where fpur male suspects were equally arrested and exhibits recovered include one dagger, one axe, charms and substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.
The PPRO said all suspects have confessed to be members of secret cult known as Ayes confraternity.
Continuing, the statement statement said that one Anene Chekwube aged 24 years, a notorious cultist who specializes in burglary/Stealing was also arrested at Mbaukwu and motorcycle spare parts were recovered in his possession.
“Suspect confessed that he burgled a shop at Ezinifite and Osumenyi in Nnewi South LGA same date at about 06:45am and stole the items.”
He said that 12 other notorious male Suspected cultists were arrested from their hideouts at various locations and they all confessed to belonging to SVC secret cult group.
Mohammed added that all cases are under investigation after which suspects would be charged to Court for prosecution.