The police have arrested 11 students of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma over alleged criminal conspiracy, cultism, and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

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Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force spokesperson, broke the news at a briefing in Abuja.

According to him, the suspects were arrested in July across different locations in Ekpoma by the force’ Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Adejobi added that their arrest followed “credible intelligence on activities of cult groups in the area”.

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He also said during the investigation, the suspects confessed to being members of a secret cult, the Black Axe confraternity.

The force spokesperson said items recovered from the suspects include: two AK47 riffles, three pump action short guns, one locally made pistol, two AK47 magazines, and 22 live rounds of AK47 ammunition.

Others are 17 rounds of K2 live ammunition and three live cartridges.

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The development comes as the IRT operatives also arrested four suspects in Bauchi state over alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, and kidnapping.

Adejobi said the suspects were arrested in June following credible intelligence on activities of a notorious bandit group operating within Bauchi state and its environment.

He said the police investigation had shown that the group actively participated in several kidnapping and armed robbery operations in the area.

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