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Akwa cult war: Police arrest 35 over death of 16 persons


The Anambra State police commissioner, Mr Garba  Umar has revealed that a gun battle between two rival cult groups in Awka, the state capital, has claimed 16 lives in two weeks. 

Umar stated this Tuesday, while parading 35 suspected cultists at the state police command, Amawbia, near Awka. 

The commissioner expressed fears that a confession by one of the suspects, that over 90 per cent of youths in Awka, including students, artisans and others were cultists might not be far from the truth. He called on parents to perform their function by taming their children as the command may commence charging those arrested to court for murder.

Items recovered from the suspects include; one AK 47 riffle, one Bareta English pistol, two locally-made double barrel pistol, one single barrel short gun, 15 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, three cartridges and a red Toyota Matrix car snatched from its owner at Benin city, Edo State.

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