I didn’t ben­e­fit any­thing from cultism – sus­pect

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Mon­day Joseph seems full of re­gret as he sat qui­etly among 19 oth­ers pa­raded by the Po­lice in Benue State few days ago in con­nec­tion with var­i­ous crimes com­mit­ted in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions of the state.

State com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Paul Dibal Yakadi said that the sus­pects were ar­rested through the con­certed ef­forts of of­fi­cers and men of the com­mand in the past one month.

And that Joseph was ap­pre­hended for his in­volve­ment in cult ac­tiv­i­ties which claimed the life of a po­lice­man and a soldier as well as other dan­ger­ous treat­ment his gang meted to in­no­cent peo­ple of the so­ci­ety.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sioner, the com­mand un­der his watch has re­solved in line with pol­icy thrust of its new lead­er­ship at the head­quar­ters in Abuja to raid all crim­i­nal hide­outs in or­der to tame the ac­tiv­i­ties of the crim­i­nal el­e­ments in the state.

Con­se­quent upon which he added that the com­mand has through vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing, com­mu­nity part­ner­ship, in­creased in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, adop­tion of tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tion ob­ser­va­tion points clamp down on hood­lums and cultists.

Un­like most sus­pects who would say the po­lice ar­rested them for not do­ing any­thing, Joseph ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in cult ac­tiv­i­ties but de­nied be­ing part of those that killed the po­lice­man and a soldier.

“I’m here based on sus­pi­cion of cult re­lated ac­tiv­ity. Yes, I’m in­volved in cultism and I’m a mem­ber of the ‘Red Skin’. My bad friends led me to join the group and I don’t ben­e­fit any­thing from be­ing a cultist,” he said.

The sus­pect who claims to be a stu­dent of the Benue State Univer­sity, (BSU) in Makurdi told Daily Trust that he re­gret­ted his past ac­tion in al­low­ing friends of ques­tion­able char­ac­ter to lure him into trou­ble when he ought to have con­cen­trated on his stud­ies.

Joseph, a res­i­dent of Wu­rukum sub­urb in the state cap­i­tal of Makurdi also swore that if by chance he is let out of the hook, he would never again have any­thing to do with cult groups.

Mean­while, the Po­lice has said that in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter was still con­tin­u­ing and that the sus­pect along­side other ar­rested per­sons which in­cluded; sus­pected armed rob­bers, rit­u­al­ist, cultists, kid­nap­pers, cat­tle rustlers and car snatchers would be charged to court.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.