Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Police kill cultist, others seriously injured in gun duel

30 June 2015, 07:41

Owerri - The Imo Police Command in Owerri said on Monday that one person was killed and several others seriously injured when police operatives swooped on alleged cultists terrorising members of the Egbu Community in Owerri.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Imo, Dave Akinremi, made this known during a news briefing at the command’s Headquarters in Owerri.

He also said that several other alleged cultists were arrested during the raid which resulted in a gun duel.

Akinremi said the suspects were arrested sequel to information that 15 members of the group were having a meeting near Egbu Girls Secondary School.

He said that upon receiving the information, operatives of the command immediately swung into action, leading to an exchange of gun fire.

Akinremi said that three of the suspects had gunshot wounds and were arrested while others escaped.

Also read: Imo govt denies owing workers 11 months' salary arrears

He said one Chimaobi Iheme (a.k.a Saka), identified as the head of the cult group, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.

He said that the suspects arrested at the scene included Chinwekene Opara (25) and Tochukwu Amarikwa (24).

The DCP said the suspects have made useful statements and confessed to being members of a cult known as Neo Black Movement (a.k.a Black Axe).

According to him, items recovered from the suspects included three locally made pistols, seven live cartridges, four expended cartridges, two cutlasses and one hand axe.

Other items were six GSM phones, one Keke NAPEP and one motorcycle.

Akinremi urged members of the public to assist the police by providing useful information about criminal activities.

He also urged parents to warn their children and wards against engaging in criminal acts, stressing that the police would continue to work assiduously to ensure that peace reigned in the society.

One of the suspects, Amarikwa, who claimed to be an HND 1 student of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, confessed to newsmen that he was a member of the gang.


Tags owerri

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...