Police in Anambra state have arrested eight persons suspected to be members of different cult groups in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu who disclosed this on Wednesday, said the suspects were nabbed in conjunction with the Military and other security agencies during raid of a couple of criminal hideouts in the area.
He said one long locally made dane gun, three locally double barrel pistols, one live cartridge, substance suspected to be cannabis sativa and other items were recovered from them.
He said, “In line with the avowed commitment of Anambra State Police Command to rid criminal elements from the State, the Command’s Operatives in conjunction with the Military and Other Security agencies in the State, in the late hours of March 23, 2021, raided a couple of criminal hideouts in Okija, Ihiala LGA.
“The police arrested eight (8) suspects, Ugbe Lucky (27), Ekene Ebubeze (38), Somto Chukwu (25), Ifeanyi Eze (22), Chika Nnekezie (31) Chidi Amadike (26), Mmaduabaka Obidiazor (30) and Chinemelum Okeke (19).
“The Operatives also recovered one long locally made dane gun, 3 locally double barrel pistols, one live cartridge, two knives, one jungle army camp beret, one red beret, 2 Police belt, one Shisha smoking pot and substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.
“The Commissioner of Police, Monday kuryas, while commending the joint patrol team led by the Area Commander Ihiala for a gallant performance, equally reassures Ndi Anambra that the Command would be relentless in taking the battle to the doorstep of criminal elements hell-bent on fomenting trouble in the State and bringing them to book.”