The Financial Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, Okenwa Uka, and 19 others were paraded by the state police command for allegedly belonging to the Norsemen Vikings Confraternity.
Others paraded were arrested in various parts of the State for various crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, murder and cultism.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, while parading the suspects, stated that the twenty suspected cultists were arrested at a hotel in GRA, Enugu, where they were holding a meeting on September 7, 2019, following intelligence information.
Abdulrahman stated that members of the Vikings Confraternity went in disguise to the Corporate Affairs Commission and registered the De Norsemen Kclub Inc. as a “simple organisation.”
The commissioner said a banner with the symbol/logo of the Norsemen, which is the same as that of Vikings Confraternity ‘Arrow Mate’ and envelopes containing documents and paper presented by one Henry Oputa, were recovered from the group.
Abdulrahman also paraded one Tochukwu Ugwu and Prince Samuel Nnamani, leaders of the Vikings and Aiye Confraternity in Nsukka.
Tochukwu while speaking after been apprehended confessed to belonging to a cult.
The suspect, who was wearing army lifejacket, while speaking with newsmen stated that he was working with a soldier based in Kano, who is now at large, adding that he supplied him the lifejacket and arms to protect himself.
He said the soldier was a member of the Vikings Confraternity and he gave him a bulletproof vest and gun to keep for him.
Nnamani, who hails from Agbani in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state, on his own account confessed to being a leader of the Aye confraternity.
However, members of the De Norsemen Kclub, led by the South-East Zonal Coordinator, Uka, protested that they were not cultists, but members of an organisation that was duly registered and had been operating all over the country and beyond.