Police arrest 12 cultists ahead state constituency bye-election in C’River State

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By Raymond EKPE, South-south Chief Investigator, Calabar.

POLICE in Calabar Thursday, paraded 12 alleged cultists who were arrested in Obudu local government area of the state ahead of August 11, 2018  bye-election for the Obudu State Constituency.  Obudu State Constituency in the House of Assembly became vacant following the death in May 30, 2018 of Mr. Stephen Ukpukpen who was one of the law makers.

Commissioner of Police CP Hafiz Inuwa who paraded the suspects said they were rounded up at their various hideouts in the community following a tipoff. He said all security apparatus had been put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order during the bye-election adding that the Police under his watch would not tolerate any person or group of individuals taking laws into their hands during and after the election. CP Inuwa said the arrested suspected cultists were rounded up by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS in possession with dangerous weapons including guns.

He warned that, “These hoodlums are cult members. They were arrested irrespective of party affiliation because they were in Obudu to foment trouble. From our investigation, the 12 of them are cult members. Two of them are very notorious cult members who have been on our wanted list. Mcslow is a very dreaded Viking member and Ubong is a dreaded skylo member. We knew that they were going to Obudu to commit crime because their voters’ registration centre is not in Obudu. They were arrested with three live cartridges; one revolver pistol and a locally made one. They were ostensibly going to Obudu to commit crime. Any miscreant, political party or individuals with the intention of causing trouble to thwart the peaceful conduct of this election will be arrested and prosecuted,’’

Continuing, CP Inuwa said, “Our own is not to conduct the election but to create a peaceful atmosphere where all party supporters will be very free to casts their votes.”

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