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Rivers police arrest suspected cultist 

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
03 March 2023   |   4:00 am
Rivers State Police Command, yesterday, arrested a suspected notorious cultist, known as James Onuoha, in Emohua

Rivers State Police Command, yesterday, arrested a suspected notorious cultist, known as James Onuoha, in Emohua  
Local Council of the state.
The Guardian learnt that operatives attached to Egbeda Police Division in Emohua council had launched a manhunt for Onuoha, who is a cultist and the mastermind of the crisis that erupted in Ubimini community last week Saturday that led to the death of a pregnant woman known as Mrs. Ruth Osah and Mark Orduize,  a member of local vigilante known as EMOLVIS.

It was gathered that James, alias ‘Cross and Die’,  was arrested on Wednesday, following credible intelligence and he is being detained at Egbeda Police Division.
The suspect, who is said to be a repentant cultist allegedly went back to his old ways and started recruiting and arming boys for nefarious activities in the community.
Sources disclosed that the local vigilante group last Saturday, having tolerated his excesses went in search of the cultist and a gun duel ensued and one of the vigilantes accidentally shot the pregnant woman.
The death enraged some youths who went on rampage and in retaliation  killed a member of the vigilante outfit, and burnt two houses belonging to the vigilante personnel in Ubimini community. 
Confirming the arrest, President of Ubimini Youth Council, Ikechukwu Wordu,  said the prime suspect had been arrested and detained.

Wordu said:  “His name is James Onuoha aka  ‘Cross and  Die’. He is in custody at Egbeda Divisional Police headquarters. I am calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Rivers State Commissioner of Police to interrogate him very well, so that he will bring the pump action gun and  also mention the names of members of his gang in my community.
“My advice is that the youths should remain calm and nobody should cause any disturbance again in my community.”
However, spokesperson for Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko was yet to confirm the arrest.

Recall that the violence stalled the Presidential and National Assembly election in the community last Saturday. 
The Command’s spokesperson, Iringe-Koko had earlier confirmed the incident last week.

She said preliminary investigation showed it was not connected to the election, noting that efforts were on to bring the perpetrators to justice.