From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
More than 16 persons suspected to be cultists have been arrested by Benue State Police Command following horrendous killing in the past one month that has left several persons dead and property destroyed.
The 16 suspects were paraded to newsmen at the Command Headquarter’s in Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday, out of which 12 were arrested in a bus on their way to Adaka, near Naka road to bury one of their own, suspected to have being killed by rival cult group.
While the other four suspects were arrested in their hideout after Police raided the house following a tip off from members of the public, a Pistol was also recovered.
Leader of the 12 suspected cultists, Cephas Tersoo, a member of Red Skin, who claimed to have denounced his membership if cult told newsmen that they were on their way to bury their brother when they were arrested, alleging that the father of the deceased they were going to bury had called on them to fetch the remains of his son and proceed to bury him in a distant village from Makurdi called Adaka.
While Daniel Odu, a 300 level student from the Benue State University who was arrested alongside three(3)others in his hideout and a pistol recovered under his bed, owned up to be a member of Red cult, stating that the three(3) others were his friend who came from. Abuja to visit from Abuja who had visit him and are not cultists.
Another suspect Tope Jacob claimed to be a hair stylist, explained that he was just a victim roped in as a gun was found inside his friend’s house.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the command, DSP Catherine Anene, stated that the suspects were arrested following intelligence report, adding that the police have been on the trail of some cult members in town who have been killing each other in the last one month.
DSP Anene, said the police commissioner had deployed his men to go after the cultists from their hideouts and 16 of them were arrested.
She also, intimated that investigation is still ongoing, stating that as soon it is concluded, they will be charged to court.
Anene advised parents and guidance to always prevail on their children and wards to desist from cult related activities just as she called on traditional and religious leaders to continue to speak to the youths against indulging in nefarious acts.