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In Enugu: Six suspected cultists nabbed during initiation

The personnel of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested six suspected members of the Supreme Viking Confraternity during the initiation of a new member.

The state Police Public Relations Officer and the National Coordinator of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices, Ebere Amaraizu, told our correspondent on Monday that the suspects were arrested by a personnel of the Emene Division in the Akpoga Nike forest during the initiation of a new member on Saturday around 10pm.

Amaraizu, who stated that the arrest of the suspects was made possible by credible information provided to the police by members of the public and  a well-coordinated operation with the local vigilantes, urged residents of the state to always report any security concern to the police for effective policing of the state.

He said the suspects were arrested with a locally-made double-barrelled pistol and cartridges.

The police spokesperson said one of the suspects, 20-year-old Njoku Sylvester, who hails from Mgbo in Ebonyi State, but living in Emene, was being initiated into the confraternity when the operatives struck.

He gave the names of the other suspects as Ede Chijioke, aka CJ Black, a native of Ugbawka in the Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state; Edeh Ibeabuchi, aka Wiseman, 18; Chinonso Ugwu, aka Chaka Bullet, 25, a native of Onuogba Nike; Oko Udochukwu, aka Double, 21, from Onuogba Nike; and Chinedu Nwakasi, aka Aro Swag, of Ugwuoba Oji River.

According to Amaraizu, the suspects are helping the police in their investigation with a view to arresting other members of the confraternity.

The PPRO said the new member, Njoku, regretted going for the initiation, quoting him to have said that he was coerced into joining the group to make him prominent in the society and guarantee his protection. (Punch)

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