Enugu State Police Command officers have detained 24 suspected cultists in the Udi Local Government Area.
The command’s spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, stated in a statement issued on 1 June 2022 that Anti-Cultism Squad agents, acting on credible intelligence, disrupted a covert cult initiation ritual in a jungle and arrested the suspects.
Two locally made pistols, seven black berets, and a white ten-litre can holding a liquid substance presumed to be a blend of palm wine and Indian hemp used for the initiation were recovered by the command.
“On 28/05/2022 at approximately 4.30am, Police Operatives serving in the Anti-Cultism Squad of the Command, acting on credible information, busted a secret cult meeting/initiation process in a forest at Eke in Udi LGA, arrested twenty-four (24) suspects and recovered two (2) locally made pistols, seven (7) black berets and a white-colored ten litres can, containing a liquid substance suspected to be a mixture of
The accused consist of fourteen (14) freshly initiated and ten (10) old members of Apache Tigers (“Two-Two”), also known as Black Beret (“BB”) Confraternity, according to an ongoing investigation.
Included among the suspects are Eze Lucky Chinemerem, age 27, Igwe Chidimma Jonathan, age 22, Ugwu Chiemerie, age 22, Agubata Chidera, age 22, Abraham Onumah, age 28, Abdulraham Suleiman, age 21, Chizoba Atu, age 23, Sunday Victor, age 23, Eneh Chidera, age 28, Asadu Ejike Stephen, age 25, Eze Chibuzor Emmanuel, age 22, Ebuo
Other participants are Offia Emeka Emmanuel, 26, Ajoku Leo Chiemeka, 28, Onyekwelu Ugochukwu, 32, Chibuoke Chukwuemeka, 40, Chineke Chibueze, 26, Ugwu Chibuike, 35, Aneke Chidubem, 30, Ozougwu Henry, 29, Aneke Ugochukwu, 31, and Nwali Ikechukwu, 25. They all admitted to belonging to the covert cult group.
Once ongoing investigations are concluded, all suspects will be arraigned in court, according to the police spokesperson.
In the meantime, members of the public, especially State residents, have been urged to remain law-abiding, watchful, and to continue providing the Police with the credible and timely information/intelligence it needs to crack down on recalcitrant criminal elements in the State.