The Anambra State Police Command and members of the state vigilante group have arrested a suspected member of a cult, identified as Izunna Ifeobu.
Ifeobu, a 21-year-old native of Ugamuma village, Obosi in Anambra, was arrested with a cut-to-size single-barrel gun concealed in a bag.
He was said to be intercepted by the security operatives in the state at Eke Obosi, by Obosi/Nkpor road, on his way to attend an initiation ceremony scheduled by his cult group.
He confessed to being a member of Baggers confraternity.
The state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed this on Monday, added that other members of the gang, on hearing of the arrest, fled the venue of the initiation meeting.
Ikenga pointed out that the case has been transferred to the Anti-Cult formation of the police command for discreet investigations and efforts are emplaced to arrest other members.
He said, “Police operatives attached to Obosi Divisional Headquarters in conjunction with the members of the Vigilante Group, Obosi, arrested one Izunna Ifeobu ‘M’ aged 21years, a native of Ugamuma village Obosi, recover one cut to size single barrel gun concealed in a bag.
“The operatives were on patrol and following the information received on 12/09/2022 at about 6:30pm, that a cult group has a meeting scheduled on the above mention date.
“Ifeobu was intercepted at Eke Obosi, by Obosi/Nkpor road. He confessed to be a member of Baggers confraternity and was on his way to the initiation ceremony.
“Meanwhile the other gang members on hearing of his arrest flee the venue of the initiation meeting. The case has been transferred to the Anti-cult formation of the Police Command for discreet investigations and efforts are emplaced to arrest other members.
“Further development shall be communicated.”