|Mr Hafiz Inuwa (middle), Irene Ugbo (R)|
Nyok|11 September 2018
No fewer than twenty (20) suspected cultists have been arrested and paraded by the Nigerian Police in Cross River State NegroidHaven can report authoritatively.
This information was disclosed by the Commissioner for Police, Mr Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa recently while briefing members of the press in Calabar, Cross River as part of his usual briefing on the security situation in the state.
According to him, on the 23rd of August around 3:30PM, officers of the embattled SARS in Ogoja arrested eleven (11) persons following reported clashes between two deadly confraternities —Vikings and Klansman including :
1. Mr Otu Daniel
2. Mr Ogar John Ogbeche
3. Mr Gabriel Adogar
4. Mr Paul Odey Inaku
5. Mr Oko John
6. Mr Ogar Felix
7. Mr Ekawe Joseph
8. Mr Agowike Nwabueze
9. Mr Abel Oko
10. Mr Odey Clement
11. Mr Odey Pius Omagu.
It was learnt that one locally made pistol, three machetes, one dagger, one red beret, and one helmet were recovered from them.
Again, on the 29th of August at noon, a team of patrol men from ‘X’ Squad Unit of the State Police Headquarters in Calabar led by one Inspector Joseph Ogar, during a stop and search along School Road II in Satellite Town accosted two suspected cultists/armed robbers identified as: Mr Etta Ntui Manyo 28 years old and Mr Emeh Precious Ifeanyi 18 years old.
During a search in their homes, the following were reportedly discovered, namely, three locally made pistols, a live cartridge, a dagger, bag containing membership card of Vikings Confraternity cult group and a tricycle.
Finally, on the 2nd of September at 7:45PM, six (6) suspected Skylo Confraternity members who unlawfully assembled behind Union Bank in Calabar were arrested after a raid by operatives of SARS and a team from the Atakpa Division of the Nigerian Police. The following were arrested:
1. Mr Bassey Felix
2. Mr Emem Essien
3. Mr Nsa Okokon
4. Mr Shedrak Obot
5. Mr Samuel Etim and
6. Mr Etim Ene.
According to the Commissioner for Police, ‘suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed’.
Continuing, Commissioner Hafiz Inuwa added that, ‘the campaign/call for community policing, formation of neighbourhood watch, genuine vigilante groups, effective collaboration with civil society organisations, and good spirited individuals to support the police is being encouraged by the police authority at all levels.’
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