Over 28 persons have been arrested in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, for alleged cultism.
On Monday, officers of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, Cross River State, at about 12 a.m., arrested 14 persons, suspected to be members of cult groups terrorizing residents of the Calabar metropolis, at the Hawkins cemetery in Calabar South Local Government Area.
In the past two weeks, two rival cult groups that engaged in supremacy tussle had stormed the streets,vandalizing people’s property and making life difficult for residents of the state capital.
But, early morning Monday, following a tip off, officers from the 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army arrested 12 suspected cultists allegedly holding a meeting at the cemetery, while two persons who had fled the scene of the said meeting venue were arrested on the road.
Also yesterday, members of the Quick Intervention Squad, QIS, arrested another 14 persons in different locations in the state metropolis and recovered over 226 wraps of Indian hemps, 258 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine, kitchen knives and one scissors.
Speaking to newsmen at the QIS headquarters Calabar, ASP Innocent Ayabotu said the squad received intelligence report that some suspected cultists were also hiding at a shrine near Etim Edem park and the suspects were arrested when the squad raided the place.