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18 Jun 2016

Soldiers Storm Cultists’ Hideout In Rivers State, Arrest Many

Men of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, on Thursday stormed Ibaa Community in Emohua area of Rivers State and arrested over seven suspected cultists operating in the area.

Nigerian Army had intensified its operations in communities in the state in a bid to curb cult activities.

Recently, cultism and its related activities had ruptured the relative peace enjoyed by the people of the state, hence the intensified security operation.
In the operation, seven suspected cultists, including one of the dreaded guys, Mercury Peter, were apprehended by the security operatives.

A community source, Mr. Bright Amadi, told Punch that the soldiers also allegedly set ablaze some household property belonging to some of the cultists who fled on sighting the soldiers.

Amadi said the security operatives met the hoodlums in a hideout around Mgbere village in Ibaa community. The military in its operations had raided Obelle and Elele Alimini in Emohua areas in search of cultists.

When contacted, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Eli Lazarus, confirmed that seven suspected cultists were arrested.

He noted that the army recovered one pistol and one pump action rifle during the operation.

The soldiers would continue its raid of hideouts until cultism and criminality were tamed in the state.
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