Lafia - The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested 11 persons suspected to be members of a secret cult.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mr Michael Adah, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia.
He said that the suspected cultists were arrested on Sunday at Tudun Kauri, a surburb of Lafia, following reports of incessant criminal activities in the area.
He said that during a raid on the hideout of the suspects by the police, various dangerous weapons including, clubs, machetes, knives and axes were recovered.
Adah said that the suspects were being interrogated at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the command and that, if found culpable, they would be prosecuted accordingly.
He charged members of the public to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and rid the state of criminal elements.
"Effective policing is a collective responsibility of all law-abiding citizens.
"People should always be alert and report any suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to law enforcement agents as that piece of information could avert crime and even save lives," Adah added.
Meanwhile, residents of Ombi 1, community around the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, have complained about the spate of armed robbery in the area in recent weeks.
Mr Ismail Ubaba, the Ward Head of the community, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia that the rate of criminality in the area was becoming worrisome.
"These days, we hardly sleep as the hoodlums go from street to street, house to house robbing people of their valuables.
"They were even in my house last Wednesday where they robbed members of my family and also attempted to stab my daughter."
He cautioned landlords in the area to be mindful of the kind of people they admitted into their houses as tenants as some criminals disguised as students.
Ubaba appealed to the state government and the security agencies to come to their aid by deploying more security operatives to the area to safe guard lives and property.