Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Troops of the 2 Brigade Nigerian Army last weekend raided suspected cultists camps at Iba and Obelle Communities in Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing five suspects and recovering weapons.
A statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Captain Eli Lazarus, said the operation was in continuation of its fight against cultists and criminals gangs in Rivers State.
He said the operation followed a tip off on the hideout of the cultists in the communities.
“Five suspected cultists were killed, two pump action rifles and 26 phones were also recovered. Three of the suspected cultists’ camps were destroyed during the operation,” he said.
He said the current operation of the military against cultist and criminals in the state would be sustained.
“The public is assured that the current operation against cultists and other criminals would be sustained to safeguard lives and property of all. Therefore, all law abiding and peace-loving people of Rivers State are enjoined to provide security agencies with timely and accurate information that would help to arrest criminals in the state,” he stated.
Suspected cultists have been on the rampage in some communities in Ikwerre and Emohua Local Government Areas of Rivers State, killing scores of persons, including military men.
The state government and security agencies have said they would go all out to stamp out the cultists and restore confidence