Wednesday, 6 June 2012
100 suspected cultist arrested in Benue State
Over 100 persons suspected to be cultists have been arrested in Makurdi, Benue State, northcentral Nigeria, by the Benue State Police Command. DSP Philip Agena who confirmed the arrest Tuesday, said the police only embarked on a routine raid and declined to state any figure, adding that investigation was already ongoing.
The arrest follows a massive clampdown by the police on cult activities in Makurdi, the capital of Benue , where over 10 members of rival cults groups have been killed in different parts of Makurdi.
Most of arrests, were made at High Level, Wurukum, Wadata and North Bank areas of the town which are noted for cult activities.
A source who pleaded anonymity said the police are worried by the recent upsurge in cult activities and decided to embark on the raid.“What is happening in Makurdi has become a source of great worry to everybody. Cult activities have been on the increase, leading to the death of several persons in town; and the police will not sit down and watch these cultists have a field day. That is why there is increased police patrols in the nooks and crannies of the town in the last few days”.
At the Police Comand Headquarters in Makurdi, parents and relatives of those arrested are making frantic efforts to secure the bail of their children and wards.
Posted by Emerald at Wednesday, June 06, 2012