Police in Akwa Ibom have arrested 60 suspected cultists connected with the killings in Inen community in the Orukanam Local Government Area of the state.
Last Saturday, two persons, including one Ofonime Uduak and Iniobong Silas, were killed in a clash between members of Debam and Iceland confraternities. Other residents fled their homes.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnudam Fredrick, said in a statement on Monday that the deceased were suspected members of the two cult groups.
According to the statement, “On Sunday, 26th April, 2020 at about 10pm the Command received a disturbing report of a rival cult clash between members of the Debam and Iceland cult confraternities in Inen Clan which culminated to the death of one Ofonime Uduak ‘m’ and Iniobong Kufre Silas ‘m’.
“The deceased were suspected to be members of Iceland and Debam confraternities.
“The Police Command swung into action and arrested 60 suspects. Fifteen were charged to court for murder, while others were charged with murder and cultism.”
The police spokesperson added that the Command on Saturday arrested four other notorious cultists terrorising the same area, including one Inyene Ime Udofia, 18; Monday Okon Ettete, 28; Victor Etim Daniel, 16; and Nsima Okon Udo, 18; all from Oruk Anam LGA.
He assured that “the onslaught against cultists/cultism in the state will be sustained.”