By JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU, Calabar
OFFICERS and men of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, Cross River State have paraded over 93 people suspected to be members of the two rival cult groups that have been terrorizing residents of Calabar in the last one week.
This was even as six persons were feared dead as a result of the renewed cult clashes, while property worth several millions of Naira belonging to traders at Nelson Mandela, Goldie, Bassey Duke, Bedwell Streets and the Watt markets have been destroyed by the suspected hoodlums.
Parading the suspectsyesterday, the Public Relations Officer of the Brigade, Akim Barracks, Calabar, Captain Joseph James said that some of the suspects were arrested at the scene of the incident while some others were arrested in their hide outs and brothels where they also sell hard drugs including Indian hemp and cocaine.
Captain James said, “Following the incident that took place on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by a serious cult clash in Calabar South which led to the killings of some people, and another mayhem the following day where there was another clash; based on the intelligence reports which we got, our men and officers of the Nigerian Army alongside the Quick Intervention Squad, QIS, which is the joint security force in Calabar saddled with the responsibility of upholding the security of the state, went out and conducted raids.
“When they got to the scene where this clash happened, several arrests were made and as you can see on the background, some of these people are suspected cultists and their arrest were made and we brought them here last night.
“It is very surprising to see some young persons after this incident that has taken place still moving about at that ungodly hour and I still say that the operation which was carried out by the Operation Messa and QIS also raided some of their hide outs where they sell Indian hemp and where some group of people used to gather very late at nights.
“The whole essence is to investigate and to find out and get the perpetrators of that clash. The Nigerian Army will never relent. The officers of the 13 Brigade and soldiers will never give up; we will never relent. QIS and Operation Messa, will continue to make arrests, we will continue to hunt those perpetrators and make sure we smoke them out wherever they are and hand them over to the law enforcement agents forappropriate action.
It was however gathered that some of the suspects were arrested at viewing centres where they went to watch the Portugal Czech football match.