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NSCDC Caught Two Men Over Cultism, Other Nefarious Activities



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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two men suspected to be cultists and involved in ritualistic activities in Imo State.

The NSCDC commandant in Imo, Mr Matthew Ovye, said this while parading the suspects in Owerri on Wednesday.

Ovye said that the Command’s Rapid Response Squad arrested the suspects along the Okigwe road, Owerri, while they were attempting to forcefully dispossess a second-year student of Imo State University, simply identified as Neme, of her belongings.

The student was on her way to campus.

He said that the suspects used charms on their unsuspecting victim and carted away her belongings before the intervention of his men.

“They are locally called ‘One Chance People’. They usually use minibuses to disguise themselves as commercial commuters to carry out their nefarious activities using charms, which we also recovered from them.

“We’re currently investigating them, and we will prosecute them in due course because they are sabotaging the efforts of government and contributing to insecurity,” he said.

He advised Imo people to be cautious when boarding buses and report suspected persons to the appropriate authorities.

He, however, assured the general public that the NSCDC was synergizing with other security agencies through intelligence sharing, to nip the ugly trend in the bud.

The 20-year-old victim, simply identified as Neme, who narrated her ordeal, said she was on her way to school at about 8 a.m. on Monday when a minibus stopped in front of her and two men alighted from it.

“They asked me to remove my bangle, claiming it was a symbol of their cult group, and to buy them something to appease them, but I made a call, and they immediately fled,” she said.

One of the suspects, 30-year-old Ifeanyi Ogu, said he simply stopped Neme to admiring her bangle, express interest in her and exchange contacts.

The second suspect, 23-year-old Stanley Ibeh, totally denied involvement in the events leading to their arrest.


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