The hierarchy of the Nigerian Navy has handed over 42 suspected cultists to the Cross River state government led by Governor Ban Ayade.
Eye9ja reports that the 42 suspected cultists were delivered to the state government by the Nigerian Navy Victory Ship (NNVS) in Calabar, Cross River State capital
Receiving the suspects in Calabar on Tuesday, the State Security Adviser, Southern Senatorial District, Mr. Ani Esin, lauded the Navy for a job well done.
Esin said that the Navy acted swiftly on the tipoff that was given to them, “As a state government, we are doing our best in ensuring that the issue of cultism is dealt with squarely.
“We are going to hand over the suspects to the relevant security agency for onward investigation and prosecution. For few days now, we have been on operation with other security agencies in making sure that all suspected cultists are arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
The Special Adviser, thereafter, handed over the suspects to an official of the Anti-Cultism and kidnapping Squad, Mr Ogini Chukwuma for further prosecution.
Handing over the suspects to the Special Adviser, the Commander of NNVS, Rear Admiral Vincent Okeke, said the suspects were arrested on Sunday May 24 through an intelligence report by concerned persons.
Okeke represented by Capt. Ibrahim Gwaska, said the informants tipped off the navy standby team that the suspects were gathered in Akpabuyo local government area of the state for initiation and other nefarious activities.
According to him, intelligence gathering revealed that it was evidently clear that there was going to be a clash between the Klans and Black Axe confraternities.
“We are here to do a routine handover of 42 suspects to the Cross River Government representative, in a swift move, the base responded through a tip off and cordoned the area in Akpabuyo. In that raid, we arrested 61 suspected cultists.
“On arrival, preliminary investigations were been conducted and having concluded the investigation, 42 out of the arrested 61 persons were confirmed to be cultists accordingly.
“It is on this regard that we will be handing over the suspects to the state government and officials of the Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Unit for onward investigation and prosecution,” he said.