SPACS arrest 63 cultists in 8 Anambra communities
By Mokwugwo Solomon
In continuation of their raids on hideouts and black spots in Anambra state, police operatives attached to Anambra police command’s Operation Puff-Adder in conjunction with the Special Anti Cult Squad (SPACS) led by its commander, Christopher Bassey, arrested 63 suspected cultists at various locations within the state.
Official report issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed, which was made available to this paper on Saturday, showed that the 63 suspects were arrested from their hideouts in 8 communities within the state.
The areas, according to the report, include Awada-Obosi in Idemili North; Ogbaru in Ogbaru LGA; Ogidi in Idemili North LGA, and Ogbunike in Oyi LGA.
Others include Uli in Ihiala LGA; Ifite-Awka in Awka South LGA; Nsugbe in Anambra East LGA and Oko in Orumba North LGA.
The PPRO said in the statement that from all the raids carried out, 20 suspects were screened out and released unconditionally, 11 suspects were charged to court for having their involvement in cult related activities proved beyond reasonable doubt; 17 suspects were placed under police supervision for being under age; while 15 others were placed under police investigation.
The PPRO’s report mentioned 5 improvised bunkers, 5 berrets, 2 daggers, 2 axes and some quantity of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, as exhibits recovered from the suspects.
PICTURE: Some of the suspected cultists.