EBONYI State Police Command
yesterday arrested 15 cultists
while over 50 escaped while
undergoing through a process of
promotion in a hotel along old
Enugu Road, Abakaliki, the state
The suspects were final year
students of St Thomas Aquinas,
a popular missionary secondary
school in Izzi Local Government
Area of the state.
They were said to be junior
members of the cult group,
Vikings, but had gathered with
their leaders at the hotel to
be promoted into the senior
group known as Senior Vikings,
when police swooped on them
following a tip-off.
It was gathered that as the
initiation into the senior group
lasted inside the hotel, the police
stormed the venue leading to the
arrest of over 15 of them while
their leaders (initiators) and some
of the over 50 members to be
promoted escaped police arrest.
Confirming the incident, the
state Police Public Relations
Officer, PPRO, DSP Chris
Anyanwu said the initiators had
dangerous items which he said
they arranged for the initiation,
adding that the police had
mounted man-hunt to arrest the
fleeing suspects.
He explained that the initiators
who are members and leaders of
the ‘Senior Vikings’ mandated the
students who dressed in white
hats, red shirts and black trousers
to be initiated into the senior
team or be ready to face difficult
condition in their lives.
Anyanwu, who regretted that
cult activities had increased in
the state in the last few months,
disclosed that the command
would embark on sensitisation
campaign to various schools in
the state to enlighten the students
on the need to shun cultism.
He noted that if not checked,
cultism could lead to violent
crimes such as armed robbery
and kidnapping, describing it as a
societal problem.
The PPRO revealed that the
command had arrested a kingpin
of a popular cult group in Ikwo
Local Government Area of the

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