…we thought belonging to a cut will make us very rich—CULTISTS
By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator, Lagos
THE anti-cultism unit of the Lagos Police State Command seemed to be unrelenting in its avowal to put an end to the menace of cultism and cult-related activities in the state and environs as the latest harvest of 9 notorious members of the Aro –Barga, alias Supreme Vikings has shown. CrimeWorld investigation reveals that since the present Commissioner of Police CP Imohimi Edgal introduced the community policing partnership in Lagos State, no fewer than 2,500 cultists had been arrested with most of them willingly renouncing their membership of the respective cult groups and surrendering their weapons of destruction. But the nine members; most them; artisans and auto-spear parts sellers at the popular Balogun market, Lagos lamented that they were lured into the group with the erroneous impression of becoming wealthy immediately they joined the group. All of us her are new initiates; barely two months old in the group. What we were told was that being members of Vikings cult group will make us rich; we did not know that it is more of gangsterism and bearing arms at birthday parties and social gatherings,” lamented Uche Obisike, an auto-spare parts seller.
However, while parading the suspected cultists, CP Edgal in a statement said their arrest followed an earlier arrest and confession of one Chudubem Nwachukwu on April 8, 2018 somewhere in Amukoko area of Lagos.
al said: “On April 8, 2018 at about 21: 15 hrs, a team of Policemen attached to Amukoko Division while on a patrol along Fegbemi Street Amukoko, intercepted an adult male who they reasonably suspected was up to something sinister. On searching the suspect who was later identified as one Chudubem Nwaxhukwu, 27, of No 7, Ago Street Ikotun one locally made revolver pistol with one unexpended cartridge was recovered from him. The case was called up for further investigation at FSARS base Ikeja where the suspects during interrogation confessed that his is members of Aro-Barga alias Supreme Vikings. He led detectives to arrest his fellow cult members in their various hideouts namely: Uche Obisike, Chinedu Anaeke, Chinonso Okoro, Abubakar Okoye, Uche Chukwu Ndigwe, Chinonso Ojukwu, Ekene Okonkwo, Chidebere Egwu and Izuchukwu Iloabanafor.”
Continuing, the Police boss said, “The following exhibits were recovered from them: One locally made revolver pistol gun, one locally made single barrel gun, one expended 7 mm ammunition, oe battle axe and one Aro- Barga or Vikings’ beret with logo.”