The Cross River Police Command said on Sunday 11 persons had been arrested during an initiation into a secret cult in Calabar, the state capital.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said in a statement in Calabar the suspects comprised of nine men and two women.
He said that the suspects were arrested on Friday through “human and tactical intelligence information” deployed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdulkadir Jimoh.
Ugbo said that the suspects were arrested by operatives from the Special Anti Robbery Squad and officers from the Federal Housing Police Division.
He said: “On August 14, 2020, a team of SARS operatives and men from the Federal Housing Police Division through intelligence from the commissioner of police swung into action and arrested 11 suspected cultists during an initiation.
“Items recovered from them include talking drum, wooden gung, two kegs of concoction, and a bottle of Gordon drink.
“The suspects confessed to the crime. The investigation is still ongoing to unravel other cult members.
“To this end, the commissioner of police once again warned all members of any cult groups or anyone having the intention to engage in any cult-related activities to desist from such.”