By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—EIGHT suspected cultists, including two women, were yesterday arrested by the Special Anti Cult Squad, SPACS, of the Anambra State police command at Ihiala in Ihiala local government area of Anambra State.
The suspects, who confessed to be members of Vipers and Junior Vikings Confraternity (JVC) promised to be of good behaviour if set free.
Two siblings among them, Njideka and Chiemeka Onyebukpo, both students, claimed that they were led into cultism by their friends, while others namely, Chidinma Arinze, Ezedindu Chidubem, Chinedu Chukwuka, Chinedu Ikediaso, Nwabueze Ifechukwu and Arinze Obinka, pleaded for forgiveness.
SPACS Commander, Mr. Christopher Bassey, a Chief Suprintendent of Police, who confirmed the arrests, blamed parents for not paying attention to their children because of pursuit of money.
“Many parents pay more attention to pursuit of money than their families and this gives the children the opportunity to join bad gangs,” he said.
He called on community and traditional leaders to always inform the command of cultists and other criminal elements within their domain, assuring that their identity would be treated with uttermost confidentiality.
He said that the suspects would be arraigned in court after investigation.