The long arm of the law has finally caught up with four members of a deadly cult gang, allegedly responsible for the beheading of two students of the Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) in March.
On Thursday, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) paraded the suspected killers at the government house in Uhuahia.
According to the state director of the DSS, Korede Kamoju, the cult members were arrested after a painstaking investigation that lasted two months. Kamoju said the suspects were members of a cult group known as Burkina Faso. He said they planned and executed the deadly operation at Chido Lodge, an off-campus hostel where their victims lived.
The suspects included: Chikezie MacDonald (a.k.a Walking Dutch), 22; Chidozie Obi (a.k.a Small Boy), 21; Chukwuemeka Awom (a.k.a Archangel), 25; and Chigozie Francis Eberendu (a.k.a Star Boy), 23.
He said two of the victims, Ebuka Nwaigbo and Samuel Ethelbert Chuka, themselves were members of another cult groups, the Maphite. The suspects beheaded the deceased, took the severed heads and used them to mount goal posts in the lawn outside the university gate and the macabre picture was uploaded on social media.
The third victim, a member of the Vikings cult group, Isaac Chigozirim, who was shot and wounded in the operation, later died in the hospital on March 18.
“The suspects who confessed to the crime, narrated how the attack was planned and hatched,” said the DSS state director.
He explained that MacDonald who is the current capon (leader) of Burkina Faso cult group in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU) supplied the gun used in the operation.
Kamoju said the confession of the suspects revealed that the killing of the ABSU students was “a reprisal attack to avenge the death of Collins Agwu Kalu (a.k.a Biggy) a 400 Level student of Microbiology, ABSU, who was the leader of Burkina Faso.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who witnessed the parading of the suspects, lauded the state command of DSS for the “wonderful investigation” which resulted to the nabbing of the deadly cultists.
He condemned the activities of the cultists, whom he described as “very fierce and heartless people”.
“They represent everything that is evil in the society,” he said, He added that anyone capable of shooting and beheading the victim and using the head as goal posts has gone beyond human limits.