July 12, 2024

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56 suspected cultists arrested with human skulls in Cross River

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Fifty – six suspected cultists have been arrested with
human skulls in Calabar and Ogoja , Cross River State.
Fifty – one suspects, who were intercepted at the 8 Miles
area of Calabar on their way to Akwa Ibom State , were
paraded on Wednesday by the Cross River State
Commissioner of Police , Abdulkadir Jimoh . According to him, the suspects , comprising 46 males
and five females , were arrested with three human
skulls on Monday , August 17 , 2020 .
Jimoh said , “ On Monday , I got information that
suspected cultists were driving dangerously , hoisting
the black and red flags, and disturbing the peace on
the Goodluck Jonathan Road, and driving towards 8
Miles . They were seriously pursued and intercepted at
8 Miles .
“ When they were arrested and brought to the
headquarters , there were 51 of them . Forty – six are
males and five are females . The suspects confessed to
be cultists from the Akpabuyo Local Government Area
and were on their way to Akwa Ibom State . And when
they were searched, three fresh human skulls were
recovered from their masquerade regalia .
“ Two Hiace buses with number plates KAM 541 XA
and XA 668 UGB , two motorcycles , five machetes , and
three red flags with human skulls drawn on them were
recovered from the suspects. They all confessed to be
members of the Nnabor Confraternity and they are the
people responsible for the series of kidnapping and
other vices in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area ,
and by extension , some parts of Calabar municipality .
“ The command will undertake a forensic analysis of
the skulls to determine whether they belong to some of
these people that have been declared missing or some
of the victims they killed . The suspects have been
profiled and they will face the full wrath of the law. ”
One of the suspects , Mike Asuquo , described the items
recovered from them as part masquerade regalia .
“ I was born to see the regalia from our great –
grandparents. I don ’ t know anything about the human
skulls . We took this masquerade regalia from our
community town hall . We rented it from the owner .
The masquerade is a tradition of the Efik . We went for
a burial at Obot Akara in Akwa Ibom State , ” he stated .
The four suspected members of the Vikings
Confraternity were arrested on Sunday and were
identified as Peter Henry , Thomas Etta, Ekpo Felix and
Ndifreke Obot .

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