Anambra Police Arrest 16 Cult!sts; Declare 21 others Wanted

This was disclosed in a statement made public on Saturday in the state capital of Awka by SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the police public relations officer for the region.

The Anambra State Police Command has announced the arrest of 16 notorious cultists implicated in a string of killings and cult-related offenses in the state, with an additional 21 individuals declared wanted.

SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, revealed this in a statement released on Saturday in Awka, the state capital..

These arrests were made during intelligence-led operations conducted across the state, following orders from the Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye.

The police spokesperson said, “In a decisive move to end the resurgent cult-related killings in Awka, Capital City of Anambra State, the Police Command has tracked down and arrested no fewer than 16 notorious cultists involved in the mayhem.

“21 others who are now on the run have been declared wanted by the State Police Command.

“The arrested cultists who were nabbed during a series of intelligence-led manhunts have been detained on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye.

“The CP has vowed that cultists responsible for the spate of killings after the State Capital had enjoyed tranquility for an unbroken six-month period must pay for their crimes.

“He has also charged the Special Anti Cult Squad (SPACS) to redouble its effort and hunt down those who are still at large among the identified cultists.

“The commissioner also called on community and religious leaders to speak out against the evil of cultism in the society.”

The fight against cultism requires sustained effort and collaboration among all stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, religious institutions, and the general public. By fostering a culture of zero tolerance for cultism and fostering partnerships for crime prevention and community safety, Anambra State can overcome this scourge and emerge stronger and more resilient.

The recent arrests and declarations by the Anambra State Police Command represent a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against cult-related violence. It underscores the resolve of law enforcement agencies to confront criminal elements head-on and restore peace and security to the state. Moving forward, sustained efforts and collective action will be essential to address the root causes of cultism and build a safer and more prosperous future for all residents of Anambra State.

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