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Friday, December 15, 2017

Akwa Ibom Police arrest 67 cult members, members of notorious armed robbery syndicate, recover fetish items, arms and ammunition

Photos: Akwa Ibom Police arrest 67 cult members, members of notorious armed robbery syndicate, recover fetish items, arms and ammunition

The Akwa Ibom State Police on Thursday said they arrested 67 suspected cultists and members of a notorious armed robbery gang. 


Briefing newsmen at the police Headquarters, the command's spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, said that on December 7, police operatives arrested one Miracle Joseph Etukudoh, aged 20 years old, of Effiat Offot village in Uyo Local Government Area, who is the gang leader of a notorious armed robbery syndicate specialized in robbing people of their GSM phones, handbags, monies and other personal effects around Uyo and environ.
During the course of investigation, three other gang members were arrested and one locally made pistol was recovered in the house of one Uko Effiong Edem of Ikot Oduot village in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.
Other items recovered from the suspects includes: wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, different types of GSM phones snatched from people, female handbags, electronic devices suspected to be stolen. They all confessed belonging to REDSKIN cult. Case charged to Court.
Photos: Akwa Ibom Police arrest 67 cult members, members of notorious armed robbery syndicate, recover fetish items, arms and ammunition
On December 9,  Police operatives acting on information busted a group of suspected cultist which converged at Isangedighi Lane, Oron for secret meeting and arrested one Ernest Etim Bassey of No. 4 Eyo-Abasi Estate, Oron and 6 other members of his gang. One locally made pistol and photograph of suspect with other group members were recovered. Case charged to court.
Following a credible intelligence, Police operatives on December 10, raided another cult den at Abak town. Twelve suspects were arrested. The following items were recovered; military belts, binoculars, Navy beret. The suspects confessed to be members of a secret cult engaged in various crimes in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and its environs. The case charged to Court
On December 11, Oruk Anam Local Government Area Police arrested one Uyoattah Umoh Jacob, a 100 level student of Akwa Ibom State university (Ata Obio Akpa Campus), for cultism.
One locally made single barrel pistol was recovered from him. Case charged to court.
Photos: Akwa Ibom Police arrest 67 cult members, members of notorious armed robbery syndicate, recover fetish items, arms and ammunition

On 12th December, following a distress call, a gang of six cultists armed with machetes and Axe were arrested at Itam, Uyo after robbing two female victims of their phones and purse containing some amount of money. Case charged to court.

A combineb team of Police operatives and Operation Thunder, Akwa Ibom State, on December 3, stormed Ikwe village in Onna Local Government Area and arrested twenty  suspected cult members of two (2) different groups namely a.k.a “ISAKABA” and “EKPAT” cult.
Suspects arrested include Victor Udofia, aged 50 years, who confessed to be a leader of ISAKABA cult group.
His gang members:
Ezekiel Akpan Dickson, 23
Monday Ekot Akpan, 40
Emmanuel Akpan Ukoh, 34 
Udo Akpan Tom, 35 
Sunday Akpan Ekpo, 35
Joseph Ufot Robinson, 30
Anthony Nda Akpan, 27
Nsikan Gregory Dickson, 34 
Sunshine Ufo Jacob, 20 
Samuel Ufot Robson, 25
Okon Andrew, 52, the leader of Ekpat cult group was arrested alongside his men as follows:
Boniface Augustine Efurudo, 37
Charlie Okon Udo, 26
Daniel John Umoh, 20
Prince Abel Ufot, 37
Daniel Okoh Udoh, 35
Usoro Friday Johnson, 25
Jacob Akpabio, 28
Akpabio Jacob, 54
One locally made pistol, five machetes, and two jack knives were recovered from them. Suspects were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.     
On 11/12/2017 at about 2325hrs one Akanimo Ndarake Akpan and Nsidibe Pius Ekpenyong ‘m’ of No. 43 Idoro road, Uyo were arrested during a routine patrol by the Police. One locally made pistol with three live rounds of cartridges were found in their possession. Case charged to court.
On 13/11/2017, following a distress call on cultists activities resulting to the death of one person from Ifa Ikot Akpan village, Uyo, the Command’s Anti-Cultism Team arrested one Etteidung Edem Aniedi and nine others. Exhibits recovered from them includes: Three locally made pistols with six rounds of live ammunition, one locally made revolver pistol, one double barrel gun, one single barrel gun, nine machetes and fetish/cultist items. Case charged to court.
Photos: Akwa Ibom Police arrest 67 cult members, members of notorious armed robbery syndicate, recover fetish items, arms and ammunition
On 27/11/2017 at about 1100hrs, one Daniel Cyril Akpan of Essien Iwole Mkpanak, Ibeno Local Government Area, reported at the station that on the same date at about 0900hrs, while sitting at the frontage of his house at same address. suspected to be cultists, armed with machetes, knives, and bottles.
He stated further that when he demanded to know what they are doing, they attacked him with matches, inflicted injury on his left shoulder.
A team of Policemen was dispatched immediately to the scene, one Anietie Bassey Asuquo ‘m’ of Owong Ule village, Ibeno Local Government Area and four others were arrested. One machete and a knife were recovered.

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