Abuja -The Taraba State Police Command has paraded seven male youths it arrested for cult membership and illegal possession of fire arms.
The youths were identified as Ochefu Peter Igoche ( 22), Okoye Emeka (19), Jonathan Allani (22), Ebuke Bonaventure (20), Julius Atsoga (24), Ojo Adeola Victor (21), and Daniel Oga (20).
The suspected cult members, who are students of the Kwararafa University and the Federal University both situated in Wukari, were arrested early hours on Friday while carrying out initiation on some new members.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, said the arrest was made possible by the members of the vigilante group who drew the attention of the police to a gunshot in a thick forest opposite the Federal Government College in Wukari.
“On receipt of the information, both the police and the vigilante group swung into action by mobilizing and storming the areas and met a group of cult members, popularly known as Black Axe Confraternity initiating new members while the initiation was going on,” Kwaji said.
“The cultists were singing and shouting” the action which made it easy for the police and the vigilantes to “Identified the location of the cultist that led to their arrest,” he added.
He said one locally made revolver pistol, four round of 9mm life ammunition, one empty shell, a black beret with an occultist crest, pieces of razor blades and a bucket containing blood were recovered from them
He said the case was under investigation would be taken to court for prosecution as soon as investigations were concluded”.
The PPRO warned those involved in cultist activities in the state to as a matter of urgency desist from such acts as the police would not hesitate to prosecute them.
He equally enjoined members of the public to assist the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of cult members and other criminals in the state.
- CAJ News