The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command says it has arrested 17 suspects over cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe and Kurudma axis of the territory.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, Mariam Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Yusuf, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the arrest of the suspects was in line with the command’s commitment to rid the FCT of criminal elements.
She said the suspects were arrested between April 5 and April 9 by Police operatives from the Command’s Anti Cultism Unit during coordinated raids and patrols.
The police spokesperson said the suspects had confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorising the areas.
According to her, exhibits recovered from the suspects are three locally made pistols, two rounds of live ammunition, four cartridges, two knives chain, one axe, one cutlass, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and charms.
She said the suspects would be arraigned in court on conclusion of investigation.