[From INI BILLIE, Uyo]
Akwa Ibom Police Command has nabbed 54 alleged cultists during an operation carried out in three local government areas of the state.
The Police said some of the cultists who were arrested have already confessed to the crime while investigations were ongoing in some other cases.
According to a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Uyo, 31 cultists were arrested in Ibesikpo Asutan, 16 in Oruk Anam, and seven in Etinan local government areas.
Odiko also revealed that a student of West Itam Secondary School, David Okon, who stabbed and killed one Solomon Bassey, of the same School in a cult related SS2 and SS3 fight has been arrested.
“Following the disturbing report of cult clash in Obot Idim, Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan, Nung Udoe and Ikot Odongo, in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, which led to the death of three suspected cultists, the Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, Amiengheme Andrew deployed operatives of Ibesikpo Division and Anti-Cultism Unit to restore law and order.
“A total of thirty-one suspected cultists were arrested. while the operation to fish out the remaining culprits is still ongoing, sanity has since been restored to Ibesikpo Asutan and its environs.
“In a similar vein, 16 suspected cultists have been arrested in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in connection with the Cult disturbances in Inen Clan. Suspects have confessed and made useful statements pertaining to their involvements in the killings and disruption of economic activities in the Area.
“On the other hand, seven suspected cultists have also been arrested in Etinan Local Government Area. While normalcy has been restored to the Area , intensive patrol is still ongoing.
“In a related development, one David Joshua Okon, a student of West Itam Secondary School who stabbed and killed one Solomon Bassey, of the same school in a cult related SS2 and SS3 fight has been arrested,” the statement stated.
The Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew lamented the level of moral decadence in some schools as well as the society, and called on parents to instill family values on their children.
He warned cultists and those involved in cultism to desist from the act, adding that henceforth, the Proscription Order of the State Government on cultism would be enforced to the fullest.