The Anambra Police Command said it prosecuted 80 people for cultism-related crimes between January and April.
Christopher Bassey, Commander of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SPACS) told journalists in Onitsha on Sunday that the command also secured 80 convictions.
Mr. Bassey, a chief superintendent of police, said the convicted cultists terrorised Obosi, Nkpor, Ogidi, Awada and Onitsha communities, adding that many suspects were set free after being counseled.
“We are able to send about 80 notorious cultists to prison by the help of the courts while scores were counseled and released.
“I think parents should monitor the company their children keep because investigations showed that those arrested were influenced by suspected criminals, who provide them with hard drugs, guns and money,” he said.
Mr. Basey advised youths to shun cultism, warning that the police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone involved in the act.
According to him, “we will not spare anyone because the hard drugs they take influence them into constituting nuisance, and sometimes, commit violent crimes in the society.”
The commander, who denied that the police torture suspects, said they were rather screened for prosecution or counsel when arrested.
“We advised them against engaging in crimes,” he stressed.
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