63 Cult Members Arrested

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command has arrested 63 persons, suspected to be members of ‘Black Axe,’ a cult group.

DSP Etim Dickson, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), announced this while briefing newsmen in Uyo.

He said that the suspected cult members were arrested during their initiation at Effoi village forest, near Eket, on Sunday.

The police image maker said that some of the items recovered from the cultists include two locally-made pistols, five live cartridges, two axes and two drums.

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Other items are five black berets with ‘Aye’ insignia, three cars, one bus, two motorcycles, 10 cell phones; and a container containing a substance suspected to be blood.

He said that all the suspects confessed to being members of ‘Black Axe’, adding that they would be charged to court soon.

“All the suspects will be charged to court. You know the activity of cult group is becoming too rampant,” Dickson said.

He appealed to members of the public to provide information about criminal activities in their area to the police for prompt action.