Anambra State Police Command has arrested members of a deadly cult group responsible for various attacks- including the death of several mourners, Police Officers, civilians in different Local Government Areas.
The suspects were arrested on Tuesday after the Police received a distress call that the gang was attacking Unizik vigilante group at Miracle Junction, Ifite, Awka.
The leader of the gang, one Uchenna Nwobu, a.k.a Anali, was also killed.
While confirming the arrest of the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, during a press briefing on Wednesday said: “On 14th December 2021, Cultists attacked the Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association in broad daylight near Unizik junction. Two Police Officers who were in the vicinity were killed, and their weapons, two AK 47 rifles, carted away.
“Again, on 26th February 2022, the same cultist gang attacked a funeral ceremony at Ebenebe in Awka North LGA, killing several mourners. These incidents motivated the Command in going the extra mile in intelligence gathering and discreet investigation.
“In the past two weeks, several members of the gang were arrested by Police Operatives working in synergy with important stakeholders in the security sector.
“On Tuesday 15th March 2022, information was received that the same cult group had launched an attack on Unizik vigilante group at miracle junction, Ifite, Awka. Police Operatives were mobilized to lay ambush for the gang as they fled from the scene,” he said.
The Police recovered two AK-47 rifles stolen from the two Policemen murdered on 14th December 2021, three pump actions guns, three locally made beretta pistols, one locally made chief recover pistol, nine Ak-47 magazines, two battle axes, assorted ammunition for the firearms above and the Mercedes Benz V-Booth reg. No Lagos HC 661 AAA from the gang.
CP Echeng added that investigation is ongoing to track down other gang members and establish the rightful owner of the recovered car.
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