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One Dead, Scores Wounded As Cultists Engage Police In Gun Duel

Fifteen Cult Members Terrorizing Egbu Community In Owerri North Local Government Area Of Imo State Met Their Waterloo In Gun Duel With The Police Team

Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri

Fifteen cult members terrorizing Egbu community in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State over the weekend met their waterloo in gun duel with a police team which left one member of the nefarious group dead while several others were wounded. The shootout which took place on Sunday near Egbu Community Girl Secondary School followed a tip off that the notorious cult members were terrorizing members of the Egbu Community.

On sighting the police team from the state Command, the cultists reportedly engaged the police team in an exchange of gun fire which in the process left their ring leader, one Chimaobi Iheme aka Saka dead. Briefing newsmen yesterday at the Command Headquarters, Owerri, the Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Dave Akinremi disclosed that the operatives of the command met stiff opposition from the cultists, but were later overpowered by the police.

He said that two of the members received gunshot and were arrested while others escaped. “One Chimaobi Iheme aka ‘Saka’ who was known as the lord gave up the ghost while receiving treatment. The DCP who represented the Police Commissioner, Austin Evbakhavbokun, gave the names of other suspects arrested as Opara Chinwekene(25) and Amarikwa Tochukwu Franklyn(24) both of Mpama Village, Egbu in Owerri North LGA of the state.

Items recovered from the cultists, he said included three locally made pistols, seven live cartridges, four expended cartridges, two cutlasses, one hand cult axe, six GSM phones, one Keke Napep and one motorcycle. According to him the suspects have made useful statement that “they are members of a cult known as Neo-Black Movement aka Black Axe. While soliciting for the support of the members of the public in the fight against criminality in the state, he warned parents to warn their children and wards to desist from criminal activities adding that any person involved in cultism is equally an armed robber.

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