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Friday, 8 September 2017

I joined cult to obtain business loan – Stylist

I joined cult to obtain business loan – Stylist

Adelani Adepegba , Abuja
The police in Abuja have arrested 12 suspected members of a cult,
Norsemen , who have been allegedly terrorising residents of Apo District , Abuja .
Items recovered from the men , who were detained at the Special Anti -Robbery Squad , include a locally -fabricated rifle , three cutlasses and a knife .
The suspects told PUNCH Metro on Wednesday that they were members of Norsemen, with each of them giving different reasons for joining the group .
A suspect , Fidelis Ogabor , said he was compelled to join the group as a precondition for a N 200 ,000 business loan he needed to set up a hair salon .
He stated that he lost his job as a supervisor in a factory and approached one William for assistance, but the latter insisted that he would help him only if he became a member of Norsemen .
Ogabor explained that William gave him the loan after joining the group , but noted that the cult kingpin mobilised some members to beat him up over his inability to settle the outstanding balance of N 177 ,000 .
He said , “William lent me the money after I joined Norsemen . I have paid him N 23 ,000 , but he kept pestering me for the balance because some of the people working for me told him that I had money and did not want to pay him .
“On October 9, 2016, William sent two guys and I went with them to Wumba community where I met him with some other guys . They beat me with cutlasses and inflicted injuries on my hand , but when they heard gunshots from policemen, they ran away and I was able to escape . I went to a clinic to treat myself , but the police came to my shop and arrested me .”
A laundryman, Kenneth Edmond , said the rifle was found in his house , but denied that it belonged to him . He explained that the weapon was given to him for safekeeping by another cult member , identified as Bullion .
“Bullion came to my house and as we were chatting , his girlfriend called him on the telephone . So , he asked me to keep the gun for him because he was afraid that he may run into policemen . I hid the gun somewhere in the house , but the police searched my house the next morning and discovered the gun ,” he said .
Ikechukwu Ugwu , who operated a drinking joint , explained that he was forced to join the cult on account of the members ’ constant harassment and extortion .
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah , stated that since the arrest of the cultists, residents of Apo District now felt safe and secure , adding that detectives were on the trail of William and Bullion .
Copyright PUNCH.

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