The police in Enugu State arrested 26 suspects for various offenses in the state.
State police spokesman Daniel Ndukwe revealed this in a statement on Wednesday.
He said 24 of the suspects were arrested while participating in a “secret worship meeting and initiation process” in a forest in Eke, Udi local government area of the state.
Mr Ndukwe said police officers raided their assembly camp on Saturday following credible reports.
Two locally made pistols, seven black berets and ten liters of jerry can containing liquid substances suspected to be a mixture of palm wine and Indian hemp used for initiation were among the items recovered during the operation, according to the police.
“Ongoing investigation has revealed that the suspects consist of 14 new insiders and ten former members of the Apache Tigers (“Two-Two”), also known as the Black Beret (“BB”) Fellowship. all confessed to being members of the secret cult group,” he said.
Mr Ndukwe said the command also arrested another suspect for alleged illegal possession of two locally made pistols with three real cartridges along Abakaliki Road, Enugu.
The suspect, Obinna Owoh, 22, from Ntezi in Ishielu Local Government Area in Ebonyi State, was arrested on Sunday as two of his acolytes escaped, the spokesperson for the police.
In a separate operation, Mr Ndukwe said police officers serving in the Nsukka sector of the command arrested another suspect for alleged illegal possession of a Beretta pistol with live ammunition.
The suspect, Benedict Nwodo, 29, from Ugwuechara in Nsukka, was arrested following a quick response by officers to a distress call alleging the suspect had been seen with a gun in the area, police said.
“All suspects will be brought to justice once investigations are completed,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Ndukwe said Enugu State Police Commissioner Abubakar Lawal instructed officers in the command to stay at the top of their game to deliver on the command’s resolve to purge the state of ‘unrepentant criminals’ who terrorize the state.
He urged members of the public to remain law-abiding, vigilant and continue to assist police with “credible and timely information” to crack down on unrepentant criminals in the state.
The latest arrests come just a month after state police announced the arrest of 46 suspects for various offences. The suspects, according to police, were arrested between March and April.
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