Police in Enugu state have arrested eight suspected cultists in the effort to rid the state of crime.
In its determination to rid Enugu state of criminals, the Enugu state command of the Nigeria Police has arrested eight notorious criminals who had laid seige and unleashed terror within the Ibagwa Nike community in Abakpa area of Enugu.
The police had swooped on the miscreants while planning for an operation in an uncompleted building at Ibagwa Nike where they use as their hideout.
It was gathered that the suspects following a tip off were rounded up unawares by the security operatives.
During the operation police sources said the leader of the syndicate, identified as Matthew Abuchi Ngwu, alias “Government” was the first to be arrested by the police anti robbery squad.
Police Public Relations Officer,(PPRO) Ebere Amaraizu, DSP disclosed that Abuchi Ngwu and his gang were members of the notorious JVC Cult group of Bagger Confraternity and were arrested based on a tip off.
Police gave names of some of the arrested members of the gang as Ifeanyi Emeka, Chinonso Ugwu alias Labista, Darlington Chukwuebuka, Nnaji Kelechi, Ebuka Nnaji alias Shawolin.
Two female Maryanne Arum and Uzor Mary Jane were among the hoodlums who are now in police net.
Investigations showed that the two female suspects among them usually cooked for the cultists any time they embarked on any operation.
The suspects have pleaded to be left off the hook Chinonso (Labista) pleaded that they were just cultists but not robbers “we were rounded up by the police when we were eating in an uncompleted building,”
Police sources said police in the state command has embarked in an intensive manhunt of criminals in the state.
It was gathered that all criminal hideout are being combed on a regular basis and the exercise has paid off as more criminals are being interrogated and are helping the police in their investigations.
In another development, One Emmanuel Chukwu who claimed to be a member of the Enugu Neighbourhood watch group attached to Nkwubor in Emene has been nabbed by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery squad Enugu for allegedly selling ammunitions to hoodlums.
Amaraizu in a statement said Emmanuel was nabbed on May 17, at Nkwubor Emene along with his associates Chukwu Chidiebere and Chidiebere Odo.
“He is now helping the police in its investigations and has given insight on how he usually got the ammunitions as well as how he sold to some hoodlums whom he had already mentioned their names,” disclosed Amaraizu.
“The hoodlums have been on the wanted list of SARS operatives and we have recovered from the hoodlums a bullet proof vest, an automatic english pump Action gun, 13 rounds of live cartridges and two wraps of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
“The suspects are helping the police in their investigations,” the PPRO said.