Police arrest 20 suspected cultists in Eket

Police arrest 20 suspected cultists in Eket

Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:49 am

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command says it has arrested 20 suspected cultists in Eket Local Government Area.

The Eket Area Commander, ACP Emeka Nwonyi, made the disclosure at an emergency security meeting with stakeholders on Friday in Eket.

He said the suspects  had been terrorising  residents of the locality before they were arrested.

Nwonyi  said the police command was  determined to fish out those perpetrating  the act, adding that it  would ensure that the  arrested culprits faced the consequences of their actions.

“We are on top of the situation; they will not crush us, we will crush them, I feel bad when people don’t give useful information to the police to work with.

“I am appealing to you to give us useful information that will help us do our job effectively,” he said.

The Area Commander assured the people of Eket that the police would protect lives and property in the area.

He lamented that criminal activities, particularly those of cultists, had led to  the waning interest in night life.

Nwonyi used the forum to charge traditional rulers, village heads, youth leaders  and other stakeholders in the area  to  expose criminals to the police.

The council chairman, Mr Frank Archibong, on his part  condemned the recent killings  in Eket and its environs.

“I condemn  this act totally,  we cannot continue like this as a local government.

`We need practicable solutions in solving this issue. We need solutions that will put lasting seal on this matter,” he said.

He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise and find practicable solutions  to ending cultism in the  local government area and its environs.

“We will bring ideas on how we can best tackle this menace; but if we allow cultism to continue, it may degenerate to a level that we won’t be able to control again.

“We must begin to check the actions of our children and visitors because investigations show that 90 per cent of the people causing problems are not from Eket but other neighbouring local governments,’’ he said.

He said that the council would also evolve strategies  to address cultism in secondary schools in the local government.

Mr Patriot Kings, the Director of  the Department of State Services  in Eket, said the department had done a lot to tackle  violence occasioned by cultism in the area.

Kings, who  said that the meeting was timely,  added that all hands must be on deck to check the menace.

He said that the department was strategising with other security agencies to protect lives  and property in the area.

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