The Benue State Police Command has announced the arrest of three suspected cultists in Gboko town, Benue State, following reports of plans to celebrate what they termed ‘Aye cultism day’ on July 7, 2024.

According to intelligence reports leaked to security personnel, the planned celebration included the initiation of new members into the Aye cult, a secretive group formed by youths based on beliefs in mystical powers.

Acting on the intelligence, local youths in collaboration with security forces conducted operations across Gboko to disrupt the gathering.

Jiji Jack, a local source, disclosed that volunteer youths joined forces with the security Joint Task Force to prevent the planned celebrations.

“Some volunteer youths collaborated with the security Joint Task Force to prevent the planned celebration of the worldwide cultism day on 7/7/2024,” Jack explained.

“We moved through the streets to disperse suspicious gatherings suspected to be part of the cultism day celebrations.”

A youth leader in Gboko, speaking anonymously, emphasized the community’s stance against activities that could threaten peace.

“We mobilized to ensure that no disruptions occurred in our town,” the leader stated. “We alerted the security forces and assisted in dispersing any gatherings that could lead to violence.”

Catherine Anene, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrests, stating, “Three suspects were arrested in Gboko, and investigations are ongoing.”

The incident underscores local efforts to maintain peace and curb criminal activities in Benue State, particularly among youth groups committed to lawfulness and community safety.