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Police arrest 121 suspects over cult day celebration in Benue, Plateau

As many as 121 suspects had been arrested in the course of the police crackdown on suspected cult members who deliberate to have fun a cult programme dubbed 7/7 Day Celebration in Benue and Plateau states.

The 7/7 day celebration is a cult-related exercise the place suspected members of the Aiye brotherhood usually provoke new members and is usually accompanied by violence and killings.

RexGists Metro Separate statements from the Benue and Plateau police instructions revealed that the suspects had been arrested at completely different places within the states.

The police commissioner, Emmanuel Adesina, on Monday paraded some suspects across the Plateau State Police Headquarters in Jos, noting that 118 suspects had been arrested on July 7 for his or her participation within the cult, a day when the cult is widely known and new members are initiated.

He added that dependable intelligence and cooperation with different safety companies led to the arrests at varied places within the state.

The CP stated: “The arrested cult members wished to carry their engagements yesterday (Sunday 7/7/2024) however the police had been very proactive with different safety companies raiding their hideouts. A complete of 118 suspects had been arrested yesterday alone.

“From yesterday until at present, the command has not allowed them to function anyplace. That’s the reason there is no such thing as a story of the cultists working anyplace in Plateau State. They had been apprehended in several places.”

Adesina determined that the suspects could be dropped at trial as soon as the continuing investigation was accomplished.

In Benue State, some youths have reportedly put collectively a programme to mark the celebration of what they describe because the ‘AYIE Cultism Day’, on Sunday, July 7, 2024 within the historical city of Gboko.

A part of the actions organized to mark the event, in response to an intelligence report leaked to safety officers, was the initiation of latest members.

It was discovered that some youths, in collaboration with safety personnel engaged on intelligence experiences, went from road to road to arrest suspects.

A supply, recognized merely as Jiji Jack and who resides in Gboko, advised our correspondent that some volunteer youths had been working with law enforcement officials to trace down the suspects who had gathered for the celebration.

Jack stated: “Some volunteer youths primarily based within the conventional seat of the Tiv nation, Gboko, joined the safety company Joint Activity Drive to cease the deliberate celebration of the worldwide cult day, scheduled to happen on 7/7/2024.

“The youths moved from one road to a different to disperse a suspicious group of youths, who had been suspected of celebrating the sect's day.

A youth chief in Gboko who didn’t wish to be named stated RexGists Metro that they mobilized their members to comb the streets of Gboko and observe down suspected cult members, to stop something that would disturb the peace within the historical metropolis.

“It has come to our consideration {that a} group of criminally minded people, notably cultists belonging to a selected brotherhood, had made plans to have fun Cultism Day on July 7, popularly generally known as 7/7.

“And new members could be admitted, covenants could be renewed, and there could be battles for supremacy, which had been normally marked by violence and bloodshed. That’s the reason we’re out to assist safety combat towards it.

“So we handed the data on to the safety individuals and joined forces and went from road to road. Wherever we discovered a gaggle of younger individuals, we dispersed them.”

He added: “We wish our youths to be regulation abiding and shun unfavorable traits and violence to make Gboko peaceable. Safety is in all places and we as youth teams are serving to safety to see that there are not any such actions in Gboko.

When contacted, Catherine Anene, the Benue State Police spokesperson, reported that three suspects had been arrested.

“Three suspects have been arrested in Gboko and investigations are ongoing,” Anene stated in a terse assertion.

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