The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested some suspected cultists and armed robbers disturbing the peace of residents of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure in a statement made available to journalists in Lafia on Wednesday.

He explained that the suspected cultists, who are members of the Red Axe and Vikings confraternities and numbering about 30, had been terrorising residents of New Nyanya in the Karu Local Government Area of the state and dispossessing them of their valuables.

“Upon receipt of the information, a team of police personnel was immediately deployed in the area and six out of the 30 suspected cultists were arrested,” Nansel stated.

He added that efforts were being made to arrest the fleeing members of the groups, while those in custody would be charged upon the conclusion of investigation.

The PPRO also disclosed that some suspected armed robbers, who had been on the watch list of the command, were also arrested in the Keffi Local Government Area of the state. He explained that the suspects were arrested in the Tilla area while they were making plans to attack their victims and steal their valuables.

Nansel said, “We got credible information about the gang of armed robbers and police personnel attached to the Keffi Division conducted a raid on a notorious black spot in the Tilla area, Keffi.

“Seven of the suspected criminals were apprehended and one locally-fabricated gun and four pieces of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from them as exhibits. The Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, has directed that the cases be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia.”

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