June 30, 2015 – 15 Black Axe Cultists Having Meeting In Egbu Owerri Imo State Engage Police In Gunbattle During Raid, Leader Killed, Others Injured
Imo Police Command said several people were seriously injured during a raid on alleged cultists terrorising the people of Egbu in Owerri on Monday.
DCP Dave Akinremi made this known in a press briefing this morning at the command’s Headquarters in Owerri.
Akinremi said the suspects were arrested sequel to information that 15 members of the group were having a meeting near Egbu Girls Secondary School.
He said that upon receiving the information, operatives of the command immediately swung into action, leading to an exchange of gun fire.
Akinremi said that three of the suspects had gunshot wounds and were arrested while others escaped.
He said one Chimaobi Iheme (a.k.a Saka), identified as the head of the cult group, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
He said that the suspects arrested at the scene included Chinwekene Opara (25) and Tochukwu Amarikwa (24).
The DCP said the suspects have made useful statements and confessed to being members of a cult known as Neo Black Movement (a.k.a Black Axe).
One of the suspects, Amarikwa, who claimed to be an HND 1 student of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, confessed to newsmen that he was a member of the gang.