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No fewer than eight suspected cultists, among them two girls and six boys, have been arrested for cultism in Anambra State.
The suspects were arrested in the early hours of yesterday at Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state by the Special Anti-cultism Squad(SPACS) of the state Police Command.
SPACS Commander, Christopher Bassey, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who confirmed the arrest to journalists, blamed negligence on the part of most parents and the crave for money as responsible for the rot in the society.
The cultists, who confessed to be members of Vipers and Junior Vikings Confraternity (JVC ), vowed to be of good behaviour if set free.
Two of them, a boy and a girl, who said they were siblings (names withheld), said they were students. They revealed they were led into cultism by their friends.
Others who pleaded for forgiveness, were a girl and five other boys, who were also students of undisclosed schools in the state.
The SPACS Commander, Bassey, said: â€œParents pay more attention to pursuing money than their family and this gives the children the opportunity to join bad companies.â€
He urged community leaders and others to always inform the command of cultists and other criminal elements within their domain, assuring them that their identities would be treated with uttermost confidentiality.
The commander disclosed that they would be arraigned in court after investigation has been concluded.
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