An arrest of 15 suspected cultists has taken place in the Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
SP Odiko Macdon, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said the command’s officers raided the popular spot at Afaha Ukwa, a hotspot for criminal activities in the local government.
On June 21, a renewed cult war began, and three cult members have been killed so far.
During the raid on criminal hideouts in Eket and its surroundings, we arrested 15 suspected cultists. The arrest of 15 individuals does not mean that all of them are guilty.
“You cannot raid 15 people because they are involved in cult activity and believe there are no innocent persons among them,” he said.
According to Macdon, the police commissioner gave directions to screen the suspects and charge those found guilty in court.
It is expected that the command will continue to raid black spots and pursue the perpetrators in Eket and its environs.
The Chairman of Eket Local Government Area, Mr Akaninyene Tommy, has sealed two brothels at Afaha Uqua and Ofriyo, where the perpetrators used to commit the crimes.
“The brothels in Eket were sealed and ordered to stop operating indefinitely. Whenever there was a crisis in the area, it was related to the brothels.
“As a government, we are here to ensure that these spots are permanently closed and no business will ever be conducted there again,” Tommy explained.
Commending the police force, he charged them to spare no one in the course of their duty because the safety and wellbeing of Eket people was paramount. (NAN)