Police operatives in Imo State on Thursday killed two men said to be most wanted cult leaders and kidnappers in the state.
This was made known by state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, SP.
They were reportedly killed during a shootout in the Nwagbaubi forest in Assa community, in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.
The suspected cultists gunned down were identified as Tochukwu Egbelu, aka black face and Enyia Iwu, aka Sparo.
The Imo Police Command alleged that they were the leaders of the Iceland cult, which had allegedly murdered over 20 people and destroyed over 30 houses.
Mr. Enwerem also said that three other members of the gang escaped with gunshot injuries.
The police spokesman added that Black Face and Sparo had been on the wanted list of the command for quite some time.
He said, “Black face and Saparo, as well as other persons who are currently on the run, have been on the wanted list of the command.
“They are responsible for the killings of Inspector Silas Obaji and Corporal Asuquo Nama sometime in April.
“The hoodlums equally masterminded the beheading of one Chinweuba of Obile community in September. They are of the Iceland Confraternity.”
One locally-made short gun with five live cartridges and one single-barrelled gun were recovered from the slain cult members, Enwerem said.
The traditional Ruler of Assa community, Eze Emmanuel Assor revealed that the news of the death of the two cult members sparked off jubilation in the community.
According to him property worth over N700m had been destroyed since 2010 when the Deygbam and Iceland confraternities began their supremacy war in the area.