Police in Delta State have nabbed 28 suspected teenage cultists operating in some public secondary schools in Asaba, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Commissioner of Police in the State CP Zanna Ibrahim disclosed this on Saturday.
Ibrahim said out of the 28 suspects, 10 are students of Osadenis Grammar School, Asaba.
The CP said the suspected cultists, aged between 13 and 16 years old, were rounded up during school hours. This followed intelligence reports from members of the public.
“These are children, who were sent to school to study but regrettably, they form cult group to terrorise their fellow students and the entire school.
Police say some are still on the run
“They call themselves the ‘Future Trigger Boys’. We were able to arrest these ones, while many others are still on the run.
“Since we arrested them, many of their parents have been on our neck,” Ibrahim said.
The CP urged members of the public to continuously avail the command with valuable information that would help the police.
Time to confess
One of the suspects, who is 13 years old JSS1 student of Osadenis Grammar School, confessed his membership of the group.
“All of us are cultists. We are members of the Future Trigger Boys. I was introduced into the group in 2014 by my friend here.
“Our leader is one Ibrahim, he is currently at large,’’ the suspect said.
He, however, said that he had left the group and had not been participating in its activities anymore.
The suspect alleged that when the Police arrested some of them, they named him as a member.
Another suspect speaks
A 14-year-old JSS 3 student of the same school, also said that he had left the group but always afraid of some of the boys.
“1 joined the FTB last year, when one of my friends introduced me to the group.
“We have members in various schools here in Asaba. We do not use any weapon, we only fight with our hands.
“Early this year, I told my friends that I do not want to belong to the group anymore because I was afraid of some of the bigger boys, especially Ibrahim,” the suspect said.
The CP said the police were still investigating the activities of the group and assured that the ringleaders, who are currently on the run, would be apprehended.