The police in Nasarawa State said they have arrested 15 suspected cultists believed to be students of Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic, Lafia.
The command said the suspects had been causing hardship to the residents of Ombi I area of the state.
ASP Ramhan Nansel, the police spokesman in the state, who disclosed this to Daily Trust in Lafia on Sunday, said all the suspects were arrested on August 12, 2021.
ASP Nansel said, “The Nasarawa State Police Command in its crime fighting effort aimed at purging the city of Lafia and the state in general of cultists had on 10/8/2021 at about 12:20am while acting on credible intelligence which indicated that rival cult groups were planning to attack each other, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adesina Soyemi, mobilised a formidable team comprising of personnel of the command’s anti-cultism, anti-kidnapping and SWAT to the cultists hideouts at Transformer and DD World Street located at Ombi 1, opposite Isah Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, and arrested 15 suspects.”
According to him, the suspects have admitted to being members of Vikings/Arobaga and Black Axe Confraternity.
According to ASP Nansel, the CP has cautioned hoteliers, proprietors of lounges and other recreational facilities across the state against consenting to the use of their facilities or property to host cult-related activities, saying operators of such facilities, when caught, would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.