The police have identified 21 cult groups operating in different parts of Akwa Ibom State, with a warning that they would be dealt with.
The new Commissioner of Police in the state, Don Awunah, stated this yesterday at the Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
The groups are: The Luttons, The Red Skins, St. Stephens, and the Secret Sons of Satan.
Others are September 11 Group, De Well, Debam, Scavengers, Predators, King Cobra, Skylolo, J.V, Bats, Black Cross, Black Ladies, Sons of Night, White Angels, Juniour Buccaneers, as well as the Blood Brotherhood, Musket and the Daughters of Queen Amina.
Awunah disclosed that some suspected cultists who were planning to unleash mayhem on innocent members of the public were arrested.
They are Emmanuel Bassey, 21; Blessed Udoh, 21; and Inemesit Essien, 21.
Others are Udeme Christopher, 31; Nyaknno Ekanem, 26; Ubong Akpanudo, 27.
Another three young men who confessed of being members of De-Bam confraternity, were nabbed at Ikotobong village, Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.
They are Uduakobong Ime, 20; Goodluck Peter, 22; and Udobong Isaac, 20.
The commissioner said cultism was the prevalent crime in the state, followed by kidnap for ransom, murder, and stealing, and that the police command has set up “Operation Impact” to check the situation.
He added that, “My posting to Akwa Ibom State is obviously a homecoming to me, having served here previously as Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) during which time I enjoyed much goodwill from the good people of this wonderful state.
“This is a continuous fight and our success is an indication that if we all work together we can overcome crime and make Akwa Ibom more secured and safer for political and socio-economic development.
“Our policing objectives will be anchored on the people and creative partnership.”