A suspected cultist, who is currently in police custody under the Rivers State Police Command, Ikeadighim Michael Nwachukwu, has stated that he joined a cult to gain prestige.
Nwachukwu, who just graduated from the department of Marketing at the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, told newsmen when he was paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Hyelasinda Musa Kimo, that he was caught with a battle axe on his way to Umuahia, Abia State.
He stated that he had already joined the Black Axe fraternity in Lagos before gaining admission into UNIPORT to study marketing in 2011.
“I was caught with this axe while traveling from UNIPORT to Umuahia. The axe is a battle axe for cultists. I won’t deny it, I’m a cultist but I was taking this axe home to bury it because I had graduated.
“I have not killed anybody before. The reason I joined them was was not to kill anybody. I joined cultism just for the prestige and fear. I belong to Black Axe. It was way back in Lagos that I joined before I gained admission into UNIPORT in 2011,” he said.
Also, a suspected car snatcher, Nsikan Oscar, narrated that he and his other three friends who are now at large used a spanner to steal one Lexus jeep from Mrs Zorbari Wikina at Eleozu last month.
Narrating her ordeal, Mrs Wikina said the suspects, who were masked, forced themselves into her house at about 3am on the fateful day and demanded for money.
According to her, she initially refused to give them the church money, which she had with her until they wanted to rape her.
“On Saturday, August 28, about 3am my son came to my room and said someone was st the door. Before I knew it, four boys, masked, rushed inside my room and started demanding for the money.
“Initially, I said there was no money in the house but when they started struggling with me – they wanted to take me to bed, then I gave them N48,000 which is church money. They asked me for the car key, I did not answer. Before I knew it, I heard the sound of my car. I didn’t know how they opened it and drove away,” she narrated.