Three young men, aged 19, were among nine criminal suspects arrested in Enugu State, the state police command announced on Thursday.
DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the state police public relations officer, in a release, gave the names as Umeju Chinonso, 40; Hillary Nnacheta, 19; Onunze Chiemerie, 19; Moses Emeka, 22; Obasi Chika, 23; Nnamoko Tochukwu, 21; Mbadugha Chidera Shedrack, 26; Eze Ifeanyi, 30, and Ezeofor Onyedikachi, 19.
Ndukwe said they were arrested by operatives serving in Anti-Cultism Squad of the State Police Command for the offences of conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and cultism.
According to him, “One cut-to-size double-barreled gun, one cut-to-size single-barreled gun, one locally made double-barreled pistol, several parts of gun, seven live cartridges, one battleaxe head, different ATM cards, two black berets and other incriminating items were recovered from them.
“Investigation revealed that the suspects are part of an armed robbery syndicate specialized in car snatching, dispossessing innocent citizens within Enugu metropolis, especially in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu, of their belongings, as well as attacking and robbing Point-of-Sale (POS) operators of their funds.
“They were also found to be members of the Vikings Confraternity involved in the recent rival cult war in different parts of Enugu State, wherein some young persons were shot and murdered.”
The suspects have been arraigned in court and remanded in Enugu Custodial Centre pending further hearing into the case, he stated.