NSCDC arrests two for ritual activities

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Imo State has apprehended two individuals suspected of belonging to a cult and engaging in ritualistic practices.

According to Imo NSCDC commandant, Matthew Ovye, the suspects were apprehended by the Command’s Rapid Response Squad along the Okigwe road in Owerri.

They were in the process of forcibly robbing a second-year student of Imo State University, identified as Neme, of her possessions as she made her way to campus.

Ovye disclosed that the suspects had used charms to manipulate their victim and were on the verge of stealing her belongings before his team intervened. The suspects are currently in custody pending further investigation.

“They are locally called ‘One Chance People’. They usually use mini-buses to disguise themselves as commercial commuters to carry out their nefarious activities using charms which we also recovered from them.

“We’re currently investigating them and we will prosecute them in due course because they are sabotaging the efforts of the government and contributing to insecurity,” he said.

He advised Imo people to be cautious when boarding buses and report suspected persons to the appropriate authorities.

He, however, assured the general public that the NSCDC was “synergising with other security agencies through intelligence sharing to nip the ugly trend in the bud.”

Speaking, the 20-year-old victim, simply identified as Neme, said: “I was on my way to school at about 8.00 a.m. on Monday when a mini-bus stopped in front of me, with two men alighting from the bus.

 “They asked me to remove my bangle claiming it’s a symbol of their cult group and to buy them something to appease them but I made a call and they immediately fled,” she said.

One of the suspects, 30-year-old Ifeanyi Ogu, said he simply stopped Neme to admire her bangle, expressed interest in her and exchanged contacts.

The second suspect, 23- year-old Stanley Ibeh, totally denied involvement in the events leading to their arrest.

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