Two dead as rival cult groups clash in Benin

Source: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2021/04/21/two-dead-as-rival-cult-groups-clash-in-benin/

A renewed cult clash between members of Black Axe and Eiye confraternity groups, has reportedly resulted in the death of two persons in Benin City, Edo State.

The recent clash was said to have begun on Saturday following the beheading of one of the victims identified simply as Ogbomo, allegedly by a rival group.

He was reportedly hacked to death at about 4pm, along Esigie Street, by four assailants.

Obviously angered by Ogbomo’s death, the other group was said to have retaliated his killing on Monday afternoon, as they shot dead a commercial bus driver, along 3rd Circular Road, by Esigie Junction.

An eyewitness who simply identified himself as Okharedia, said: “I and other passengers boarded a commercial bus from Ekiosa market to New Benin.

“Half way into the journey, an Audi saloon car drove dangerously from behind-obstructing our bus and forced the driver to stop.

“The next thing was rag-tagged gunmen came out of the Audi car, dragged the bus driver out of the steering and fired him at closed range.

“There was confusion as they [the hoodlums] fired sporadically and also dispossessed all passengers of their belongings.

“I strongly suspect it is cult-killing, because I heard one of them was shot dead on Saturday. I think the government and security agencies should act fast,” he stated.

Cultism: Police arrest 6 suspects during initiation, recover guns

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Police Parades Thirty-Four Youths For Cult Related Activities In Anambra

Anambra state Police Command has paraded thirty-four youths over cult related activities at Enugwu-Ukwu Special Anti-Cultism Squad Unit of the command.

Among the thirty-four suspects who aged between twenty to twenty-five, four were girls suspected to belong to White Angels confraternity.

The suspected cultists were arrested by the officers of the Police Special Anti-Cultism Squad from Ogbunike in Oyi Council area, and Awada in Idemili North LGA, respectively.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included three live cartridges, expended cartridges, initiation drums, cult Regalia,two machetes, pump action gun, locally made single barrel pistol, among others.

During the parade exercise, while some of the suspects confessed to belong to various cult groups including Black Axe, Vikings, Ayeez, and Viper confraternities and pleaded for leniency, others denied membership of any of the secrete cults and pleaded for their release.

Parading the suspects, Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed warned youths against secret cult which he said the command has zero tolerance for, advising youths to channel their energy and talents into things that will be beneficial to them, their families, and the society at large.

Mr Abang revealed that the suspects were arrested from the 12th of this month, and assured that after investigation, the suspects will be prosecuted and afterwards imprisoned if convicted, to serve as a deterrent to others.

He however asked Ndi Anambra to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious person or illegal activities to a nearby police station for prompt action.

The Commissioner of Police also advised parents and guardians to always monitor the activities of their children and wards to save them from cultism and other criminal and illegal activities.

The Anambra state Police Command also paraded another suspect, Mr Gerald Chika a native of Enugu state, at the Police Headquarters in Amawbia who was arrested at Emordi market in Awka where he attempted to rob one of the marketers in the market, Mr Kenechukwu Okafor of his belongings.

“Cult Regalia” = Uhuru baseball cap.

Seen them before

Maybe Von, Tayo and Co need to find another fake name for their fake façade of a “humanitarian organisation” and start printing some new, less conspicuous, baseball caps to try slip under the radar.

They have further explaining to do also about why the Nigerian arm of their “humanitarian organisation” need shotguns and machetes?

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cultists, Recover Arms

Source: https://humangle.ng/police-arrest-4-suspected-cultists-recover-arms/

The Police in Anambra, Southeast Nigeria on Monday said they have arrested four suspected cult members and recovered incriminating items including a pump-action machine gun from them.

The command said one of the arrested suspects had been on their wanted list for cultism related offences.

Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command said the suspects were harvested from different hideouts across the state by operatives of the Special Anti-Cult Squad (SPACS).

Mohammed said the suspects had confessed to being members of Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities.

“Command Anti-Cult Unit raided various hideouts and blackspots following intelligence reports and arrested three suspects as follows; Nwabuwanne Maduka 22, Anayo Ikechukwu 21, and Gozie Okoye, 37,” he said.

“Suspects were arrested at Amawa village Ogbunike in Oyi LGA of Anambra State and they voluntarily confessed to being members of cult groups, exhibits recovered in their possessions included one pump action gun.”

The fourth suspect, one Chukwuweike Ndupu, 26, a  native of Atani, Ogbauru Local Government Area who resides at Oye Olisa, Ogbunike in Oyi LGA has been on the Police wanted list in cult-related cases, the police spokesman said.

“He has voluntarily confessed to being a member of Vikings confraternity and exhibits recovered in his possession included one locally made single barrel pistol and one live cartridge.”

Mohammed said the cases were under investigation and those culpable would be charged to court while urging members of the public to provide timely information for prompt response in a time of emergency.

Cultism has been a source of major security concern in Anambra.

Professor Au Nnonyelu of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Business School Awka, at a recent Media Symposium in Awka noted that the prevalence of cultism in Anambra was a big question mark to the claim that the state was the safest in Nigeria.

Nnoyelu blamed the spate of cultism on poverty and unemployment which had resulted in a struggle for access to control resources that were non-existent.

He called on Anambra State Government to urgently address the issue of youth unemployment as a way of controlling cultism in the state.

“It is for contestation among the youth for resources that are inexplicable, the government has to address it because it is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode anytime soon,” he said.

Police arrest two fake soldiers, accomplice in Anambra

A special “anti-cult unit” surprisingly doing it’s job in Anambra State.  Arresting 6 alleged members of the NBM.

Source: https://punchng.com/police-arrest-two-fake-soldiers-accomplice-in-anambra/

Tony Okafor, Awka

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested two persons for impersonating soldiers in the state.

Also nabbed was their accomplice.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Saturday.

He said the suspects were wearing military uniforms and pretending to be serving military personnel when they were arrested.

He said, “The Command Special Anti-cult unit arrested one Joseph Onyedika, 23, of Okposi in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi State, Emmanuel Christopher, 27 of Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State, (and) ThankGod Sike, 25, of Obioma Ngwa in Abia State but residing at Nnewi in Anambra State.

“Suspects were arrested wearing military camouflaged uniforms under the pretence that they are serving military personnel and a jackknife was also recovered from them.

He said a preliminary investigation revealed that two of the suspects were fake soldiers while the third one was undergoing further investigation at the military cantonment to ascertain his true identity.

Mohammed also confirmed the arrest of four men suspected to be cultists.

He said the suspects confessed they were preparing to initiate new members into the Black Axe confraternity before they were arrested by the police.

He added, “Following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Special Anti-cult unit stormed a forest located within Abagana in Njikoka LGA of Anambra State and arrested four male suspects who confessed that they were to initiate new members into Black Axe confraternity before they were rounded up by the police.

Mohammed said, “Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one locally-made double barrel pistol, one locally-made Beretta pistol, five live cartridges, 12 expended cartridges, one musical drum, one big axe, one gallon containing concoction, charms and other incriminating items.”

He said the suspects would be charged after investigations were concluded.

Ten people feared dead as Black Axe and Vikings cult groups clash in Anambra

Source: https://www.todaysecho.com/ten-people-feared-dead-as-black-axe-and-vikings-cult-groups-clash-in-anambra/

 

According to reports, eleven notorious members of different cult groups have been arrested by the police in Anambra state following an intensive manhunt of cultists who have been terrorising Awka and environs within the last few days.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed confirmed this to reporters.

It was gathered that about ten persons suspected to be cultists have been killed within Awka the Anambra State capital in the last two days.

Four were killed around Eke Awka , three killed around Nkwelle Awka while one was killed around Regina Caeli Hospital Awka even as another was killed by 3 pm on Sunday.

The fight is reported to between Aiye(Black Axe) and Vikings confraternities