Three alleged military impersonators were arrested on Saturday, by the Anambra State Police Command.
Disclosing this in a statement in Awka, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested adorning military camouflage uniforms under the pretense that they were serving military personnel.
The statement partly reads: “The Command Special Anti-cult unit had on the 5/12/19 arrested one Joseph Onyedika ‘m’ aged 23yrs of Okposi in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi State, Emmanuel Christopher ‘m’ aged 27 years of Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State, ThankGod Sike ‘m’ aged 25 years of Obioma Ngwa in Abia State but residing at Nnewi in Anambra State.
“Suspects were arrested wearing Military camouflaged uniforms under the pretense that they are serving military personnel, and a Jackknife was also recovered in their possession.”
The PPRO said that preliminary investigation showed that two of the suspects were fake soldiers while the third one was undergoing further investigation at the military cantonment to ascertain his true identity.
Mohammed also confirmed the arrest of four suspected cultists.
According to him, the suspects said that plans were underway for the initiation of new members into Black axe confraternity before they were picked up by security personnel.
The PPRO said, “Following intelligence report, Police operatives attached to Special Anti-cult unit (SPACS) stormed a forest located within Abagana in Njikoka LGA of Anambra State and arrested four male suspects who confessed that they were to initiate new members into Black axe confraternity before they rounded up by the Police.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one locally made double barrel Pistol, one locally-made Beretta pistol, five live cartridges,12 expended cartridges, one musical Drum, one big axe, one gallon containing mixed concoction, charms and other incriminating items,” the PPRO said.
He said that investigation was still ongoing, adding that the suspects would be charged on the conclusion of investigations.
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