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Police arrest 6 suspects during cult initiation and recover weapons

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By Chimezie Anaso

Anambra Police Command said it had arrested six youths between the ages of 17 and 25 on suspicion of being members of the cult.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the command police public relations officer revealed in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the suspects were arrested around the village of Amikwo in Awka, the state capital.

Ikenga said the suspects were arrested during a ceremony in which young people were introduced to a sectarian group.

He said two locally made pistols and eight live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO said the suspects confessed to belonging to the Black Ax Brotherhood and participated in the April 12 shooting, which resulted in the death of an unidentified man in the Ukwuoji area of ​​Awka.

He gave the names of the suspects as Ejinaka Chukwujekwu (17) Emeka Nwanna (18) Michael Ozuah (20) Chukwuma Obu (22) Onyemaechi Chijoke (25) and Ifeanyi Ebeze (25).

According to him, following credible intelligence around noon, police officers attached to the command’s anti-sect unit blew up the hideout of the cultists and the armed robbery gang in the village of Amiwko, Awka and arrested six suspects.

“The salvaged parts include two locally made pistols and eight actual cartridges.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the suspects are actively involved in the recent shooting around 8 am on April 12 which resulted in the death of an as yet unidentified young man in Ukwuoji, Awka.

“They also confessed to being members of the Black Ax Brotherhood and will be indicted in court following investigations,” he said. (NOPE)

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