By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, yesterday paraded 9 notorious cultists who were arrested in Karimo area of the FCT.
Most of the suspected cultists are young people within the age of 30 and below.
At a media briefing, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, Bala Ciroma, disclosed that 38 other suspects have been arrested in connection with different crimes including armed robbery, rapping and car snatching from different parts of the FCT including Gwagwa, Karimo and Kubwa axis.
He, therefore, warned that: “all persons nursing the thought of perpetrating any criminal act in FCT that they should either beat a retreat, and repent for good or be prepared to be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate sections of the law, when arrested.”
According to the CP, the 9 suspected cultists were arrested following by operatives of the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) acting on credible intelligence that some cultists are notorious for terrorizing Karimo and its environs.
According to Ciroma, the suspects who were all arrested in Karimo include: one Lucky Ejinung 22years, Ifeanyi Okenwa 30 years, Joseph John 25years, Ikechukwu Ibe 23years, Okoro Johnson 22years, Ikechukwu Onu 25years, Monday Audu 23years, Ikenna Nwenze 20years, Matthew Tanko 21years and Isa Mohammed 22years all male who all belong to the Aro baga confraternity were arrested in Karimo.
“The following exhibits were recovered from the suspects: one locally made pistol, two cutlasses, Saw Blade and one knife. The operation is an ongoing exercise. The suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.”
On the arrest of the rapist, the CP said: “On 17th January, 2020 at about 1900hrs, following a complaint, one Akan Bernard, a serial rapist was arrested by Police operatives from Durumi Division for attacking and raping his female victims in the bush around Area 3 junction.
“The suspect who operates mostly at night and has confessed to the crime was arrested after one of his victims on sighting him alerted the Police patrol who immediately swung into action and arrested him. Meanwhile, another victim has also identified suspect as the person who raped her some time back. Investigation is on-going.”