About 17 cultists caught with assorted arms and ammunition have been arrested by the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Oku Iboku, Akwa Ibom.
Shuaib Umar, spokesman of the brigade, on Sunday, said in a statement that the arrest followed a successful raid on hideouts of armed cultists at Oku and Itu bridges.
The bridges are located at the boundary between Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
“During the raid, we arrested 17 cultists with assorted arms and ammunition including two G3 rifles, two pump action rifles, five locally made pump action rifles, and four G3 magazines.
“We also recovered 16 machetes, 125 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO, 223 live cartridges, among others.
“Also recovered were a pair of military camouflage uniform, a camouflage T shirt, camouflage singlet, a cardigan, 10 mobile phones, a bag of charms, a bag of clothes and one wrap of Indian hemp,” the statement said.
It further said that the army recovered N29,700 cash and three motorcycles.