News reports have revealed that 16 undergraduates of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo state, have been charged to court by the police over their alleged involvement in cult related activities.
The Imo state police command charged the suspects to court on Friday, April 21, 2017.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, via a statement released in Owerri, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, said that the suspects were apprehended on April 14, 2017, in a bush in the Ihiagwa community of the Owerri West Local Government Area.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police also alleged that the suspects were members of a cult group known as Neo black movement of Africa confraternity.
The statement reads in part, “in a renewed onslaught against the menace of cultism in Imo State, operatives of the state police command on April 14,2017, arrested over 16 suspected cultists in a bush in Ihiagwa in the Owerri West LGA. They are members of the Neo black movement of Africa confraternity. Suspects have been charged to court, accordingly.”
Enwerem also claimed that three live cartridges and expended SMG ammunition were recovered from the undergraduates following their arrest.
He listed the names of the suspects as, Oluwoke Herto , 24, leader Of the Neo black movement Of Africa Onyegbule Chukwunenye, 24, Chibueze Okpara, 17, Uzoma Kingsley 25, Chisom Nwosu, 23, Oscar Ojinaka OSCAR, 25, Ebuka Ejekeme,Uchenna Ehum, Christian Ejekeme.
Others are Lucky Anyanwu, Uche Okoro Chinecherem Okeke, Michael Igbokwe, Chima Agugua, Victor Egbu and Nelson.
Enwerem stated that the new commissioner of police in the state, Chris Ezike, is committed to reducing cultism and criminal activities.