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Police nab suspected cultist, recover arms in Rivers.

Police nab suspected cultist, recover arms in Rivers.

The Rivers State Police Command says its officers have arrested a notorious cultist involved in a series of killings and armed robberies within the Diobu area of Port Harcourt and other parts of the state.

The Rivers State police spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement on Tuesday, said the cultist, identified as Samuel Nwokoma, aged 25, along with his gang, was responsible for the killing of two youths in the Diobu area of Mile 1 in Port Harcourt during an attack between March 14 and 17, 2024.

Iringe-Koko said the gang shot dead one Ede Sunday, aged 32, on Nanka Street by Lomumba, Diobu, Port Harcourt on March 14, and also shot George Johnson, aged 28, in the chest on Ojoto Street by Emenike, Mile 1 in Port Harcourt two days later.

She noted that the notorious cultist was apprehended following credible intelligence by operatives of the C4i Strike Force of the command in conjunction with a local vigilante, leading to a raid on the camp of the “Blood Star” cult gang and the recovery of a cache of arms and ammunition.

She stated, “On the 17th of March 2024, at approximately 0700hrs, based on credible intelligence, operatives of the C4i Strike Force, in conjunction with the Diobu Vigilante, apprehended one Samuel Nwokoma, a 25-year-old male and a member of the notorious Blood Star cult group.

“Nwokoma has been identified as being involved in a series of cult-related killings within the Diobu axis of Port Harcourt. During the subsequent interrogation, Samuel Nwokoma confessed to his involvement in two specific incidents.

“On the 14th of March 2024, at approximately 2030hrs, he and his gang attacked and fatally shot Ede Sunday, a 32-year-old male, at Nanka Street by Lomumba, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

She noted that Johnson, despite receiving immediate medical attention at New Mile 1 Clinic, Diobu, died from the injuries sustained from the shot.

The police spokesperson added, “In a significant breakthrough, Samuel Nwokoma led police operatives to the gang’s hideout at Ogwu Waterside in Diobu, Port Harcourt.

“However, upon the arrival of the police, the remaining gang members fled the scene and attempted to evade capture by jumping into the river. Intensive efforts are currently underway to apprehend the fleeing suspects and bring them to justice.

“The search conducted at the hideout yielded substantial evidence in the form of recovered arms and ammunition.

“The recovered items include three AK-47 rifles, one assault rifle, six AK-47 magazines, one Beretta pistol, 274 rounds of 7.6mm live ammunition, 105 rounds of 6.55 live ammunition, nine rounds of .9mm ammunition, seven packets of Improvised Explosive Devices, one long detonating wire, and various types of charms.”

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