Police arrest 53 suspected hoodlums in Enugu

In the ongoing fight against crime and insecurity, the Enugu State Police have achieved a significant breakthrough by apprehending over 53 individuals suspected of being members of secret cults linked to the rising incidents of abduction in the state. This decisive action sends a strong message that the authorities are committed to safeguarding the lives and properties of the people of Enugu.

In recent times, Enugu State has witnessed a worrying surge in the number of abductions and crimes associated with secret cults. These incidents have posed significant challenges to the safety and security of residents in the state, causing anxiety and fear within communities.

The police in Enugu State have arrested over 53 hoodlums suspected to be members of secret cults fueling incidents of abduction in the state.

It reiterated that the state was safe for business and investment, saying those planning to return for the Christmas celebration had nothing to fear.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Enugu State Police embarked on a proactive operation to address the issue at its root. A thorough investigation led to the arrest of 53 individuals suspected to be members of secret cults believed to be fueling the wave of abductions.

The swift action taken by the police underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies to tackling criminal activities and ensuring the safety of the residents of Enugu State. It also serves as a deterrent to potential criminals who may be involved in similar activities.

The suspected involvement of secret cults in abductions is a matter of serious concern. These cults often operate in secrecy, wielding significant influence and engaging in criminal activities that include extortion, violence, and abductions. By addressing this issue, the police aim to dismantle these criminal networks and put an end to the reign of terror in the state.

The assurances were given by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Police Command, Kanayo Uzuegbu, during a briefing in Enugu on Tuesday where he equally showcased the successes recorded by the police in preventing crime over the past few months.

He further dispelled most of the alleged kidnapping incidents reported on social media as fake news sponsored by mischief makers, who he said “exaggerate and blow cases of night time abduction and carjacking, most of which were not recent occurrences, out of proportion” in order to create tension and fear in the minds of residents.

CP Uzuegbu said the primary aim of the fake news peddlers was to sabotage the productive efforts the government, police, and other security agencies were making to combat existing and emerging crimes in the state.

The Police Commissioner, however, stated that some of the pockets of security breaches at night were cases of abduction rather than kidnapping, and the acts were perpetuated by secret cultists.

He said that the anti-cultism squad of the command had been mobilized and placed on alert to go after the cultists with ruthless measures to flush them out of the state.

While commending Governor Peter Mbah over his administration’s support for the Command, CP Uzuegbu said he had the approval and full support of the Governor to “ruthlessly deal with and rid the state of unrepentant cultists and their criminal activities”, assuring that the directive would be executed to the letter.

“It is on that note that I crave your indulgence to use this opportunity to once again thank the Governor for all the support his administration has been giving to the police and his commitment to enthrone a peaceful, safe, secured, and economically prosperous Enugu State,” the commissioner said.

Warning cultists to repent or face the consequences, the police chief enjoined citizens to keep reporting criminal activities to the nearest police station.

“With the Christmas and New Year festivities around the corner, I want to assure the good people of the state, especially those that will be coming back to celebrate the season with their loved ones, of adequate security,” the commissioner added.

Some of the dangerous items recovered from the hoodlums included 28 firearms, 30 live ammunition, 66 live cartridges, 25 motor vehicles, 16 motorcycles, mobile phones, cash in naira, and military uniforms, among other weapons.

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