THE Police in Enugu State have arrested 17 persons for allegedly being involved in cultism/armed robbery.
Police source said that the hoodlums had been terrorising residents of Nkanu Local Government Area of the state for quite sometime.
Confirming the story, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amarizu, said the suspects were: Nnamani Chinonso, 18 years, of Obeagu Agbani, Nnamani Ekene, Ani Chidera, Ogbu Chinenye, Friday Anih, Nnamani Daberechi, Nweke Frank, Nwoye Chigozie, Eze Chidera, Ede Ifeanyi, Chukwu Chukwuebuka, Ejim Monday, Nwatu Samuel.
Amarizu said that items recovered from the suspects included two short double barrel locally-made guns, 2 short single locally made guns,one long locally made single barrel gun, 22 live cartridges and cartridge host.
Also reacting to the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, commended the efforts of the security operatives and the partnership existing between the state police command,the public and other sister security agencies which led to the arrest of the suspects.
Ojukwu also frowned on the situation of youth involvement in cultism and other vices, advising youth to watch the kind of friends they keep.