As many as 8 cultist students nabbed as; Nigerian university students said; to be involved in cultism have been; nabbed.
According to a report by Punch Metro, the police in Imo State have arrested 8 cultist students undergraduates of various institutions in the state for involvement in cultism.
The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, who paraded the suspects at; the command headquarters in Owerri, said the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command had been; charged to deal with issues of cultism.
He listed the suspects as Chinasa Nkwocha, 19; Chukwudi Ebendu, 25; Kelechi Anyaegbu, 33; Ikenna Amadi, 22; Chidiebube Emecheta, 26; Chibueze Unegbu, 23; Chiebube Anyanwu, 27; and Joseph Okereke, 26.
The CP said the suspects were members of the Black Axe Confraternity, who were; returning from an initiation at Awo-Omamma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
Ladodo stated that one locally-made gun, one live cartridge, one machete and a wrap of; substance suspected to be Indian hemp were; recovered from the suspects.
The CP said, “While on a stop and search duty on the Ogbaku/Onishta Road, Owerri, operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Squadron 18, Owerri, stopped one commuter bus with; number plate ACA 22 WZ conveying 18 male persons suspected to be cultists.
“On a thorough search, one locally-made short gun, one live cartridge, one machete and a wrap of substance suspected to be Indian hemp were; recovered from the bus.
“After thorough investigation, it was; discovered that the suspects were members of the Black Axe Confraternity returning from a certain bush in Awo-Omamma in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where they initiated new members.”
The CP said; further investigation revealed that the gun and machete were; linked to the first suspect, Nkwocha, a student of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.