NSCDC Arrests 26 Suspects For Cultism, Theft And Rape In Nasarawa State
Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has arrested twenty-six suspected criminals for offences ranging from cultism and assault during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Parading the suspects in Lafia, the state Commandant, Muhammad Fari said the suspects were arrested at different locations across the state following tip off by the public.
According to Fari, the suspects include two rival groups of juvenile boys who are members cult groups called The Assist and Touch and See.
“11 suspected cultists belonging to a group known as Assist Group were arrested. Two suspected cultists belonging to another group known as ‘Touch and See’ were also arrested.
“The suspected cultists were arrested at the Polytechnic in Lafia. Seven suspected thieves were also arrested.“Then we have one suspected case of defilement, one case of breach of trust and four suspects arrested for assault. So we have arrested a total 26 suspected criminals.
“After all investigations, the suspects would be charged to court and prosecuted accordingly to serve as deterrent to others,” he said
According to him the suspected cult members were arrested during a violent clash between the two groups.
Also paraded was a middle aged man Abdullahi Hassan who defiled a ten year old girl in Lafia the state capital.
The suspect confessed committing the crime, saying, “I had canal knowledge of the girl but I did not force her. It was out of her own volition.”
Four other suspects were also paraded for assault on one Yakubu BAKO for alleged involvement in wizardry leading to the death of some people in Andaha community of Akwanga local government area of the state.
Items recovered from the suspects include cutlasses, knives, locally made pistol and clubs among other things.
Fari said the arrest of the suspects was in collaboration with officers of Nasarawa Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES) and some members of the public who shared information with the corps.
BY CHRIS NYAMTU/LAFIA