About eight cultists have been arrested in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State during a joint operation between Police officers from the Atani Police Division and vigilantes in the area.
The eight suspects arrested were part of 30 masked cultists who have been terrorizing residents of Obumseli, Nwuga, Ogbolu, Abagana and Ijeh streets, located at the Niger Bridge Head approach.
Mr Ejike Onwa, the head of vigilante in the community made this known during an inauguration of the five communities’ vigilante outfits led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area, Mr Emmanuel Ogbuanya.
His words, “We no longer have rest here because cultists have taken over this area. Once it’s 6:30 pm, you see people running inside their houses because of fear of these cultists numbering about 30 that attack the people mindlessly.
“It is because of these cultists that the five streets of Obumseli, Nwuga, Ogbolu, Abagana and Ijeh came together and formed their vigilante outfit to fight them and it has been yielding dividends as eight of them were arrested and handed over to the police.”
According to the Onwa, the hoodlums attack residents of the area with guns, machetes, knives, charms, clubs and axes, adding that those arrested have confessed to being members of red carpet, black axe and trigger boys cult groups.