Police arrest 14 suspected cultists over possession of pistols in A’Ibom



 The Police in Akwa Ibom have confirmed the arrest of 14 suspected of cultist group, Debam confraternity, over the possession of pistols in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state.SP Odiko Macdon, the Public Officer, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Uyo on .Macdon explained suspects were arrested while unlawfully in possession of pistols.He said suspects confessed to have owned the pistols and also confessed to be of Debam confraternity.

He said Command had completed arrangements to arraign the 14 suspected cultists .The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled confraternity was 65 outlawed the Akwa Ibom government in 2020, though it is embraced some youths in the area.He said the suspected cultists were said to have come from Rivers State to attend the funeral of one Imoh Thompson, otherwise known as Landlord from Ikot Effiong village in Ukanafun LGA on Saturday.He said suspected cultists have been transferred to the State Investigation Department (SID) in Uyo.“

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Andrew Amiengheme, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Investigation to carry out a discreet investigation.“Investigation is ongoing, very soon, they will be charged to court,”  he stated.An eyewitness said that Thompson, alleged to have been killed of a rival cult group – Iceland confraternity – in what some people saw as battle of supremacy, was the suspected Debam leader in Ukanafun.

He said suspected cultists were ambushed and arrested the police along Ekparakwa-Aba Federal Highway as they were about entering Ikot Udo Ossiom-Ikot Effiong road in Ukanafun.He said suspected cultists were with English pistol and some locally-made rifles as at the time of their arrest. (NAN)