JTF arrests suspected dreaded cultist in Lokoja

A man said to be a dreaded cult leader has been arrested by the Joint Taskforce, in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Musa Muhammed, also known as Ateke, was declared wanted by security agencies in the state.

He was arrested on Sunday night, September 26, at the Old Market area of Lokoja.

Ateke, said to be a member of Eiye Confraternity, according to Daily Post, had been linked to numerous gruesome killings in Lokoja and its environs recently.

He was arrested alongside Ahmed Nana.

'These dastardly acts committed by the daredevil cultist are no doubt punishable under the recently enacted law which prohibits cultism in Kogi State', Alhaji Yahaya Usman, a Lokoja resident, told Daily Post.

The publication alleged that some of his associates have started rallying to secure his release from military custody.

'Sadly, this has been a major hiccup with security agencies as influential family members pervert the course of justice in curbing killings and other criminalities in the community', another resident, Yakubu Bello, told the publication.

He added: 'Perpetrators of these acts usually have sponsors who easily get them released after committing these heinous crimes'.

'I can authoritatively inform you that some of his family members and associates are currently making moves to release him from military custody'.

Awelu Dauda, a trader in Old Market, called on the Kogi State Government to take drastic steps that would put a permanent end to serial killings by cultists in the community.

He said: 'We don’t sleep with our two eyes closed due to these unfortunate activities of cultists killing themselves and looting of our shops'.

'Sporadic shootings in the air, looting of shops and killing of innocent souls are the order of the day; this ugly incident must be put to rest in this ancient community'.

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