Not less than thirty one suspected cult members

have been arrested by the 

operatives of the Imo State Police Command after a gun duel between the police and the undergraduates.

 The alleged cultists were students of the Imo State University , Owerri 

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Andrew Enwerem , said that the suspects were nabbed at Orji Comprehensive Secondary School in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state during initiation .

He gave the names of some of the

alleged cultists as Okafor Anyanwu ,

Chimezie Nwanezi, Umeh Chimezie ,Obiji Obumneke , Ubani Lawrence, Okpara Chimezie

Others were Amouha Ikenna , Njoku

Chidi , Ajaegbu Gabriel Golden , Alaforo Walter, Akpasuo Chimereijem , Okpara

Jude Chijike , Ukachi Samuel, Christus Okerie,and Gaboh Lucky.

According to Enwerem, the State
Commissioner of Police , Chris Ezike, who coordinated the operation , said the police would fight cultism in the state .

The PPRO said the CP had ordered that the suspected cult members be charged to court at the end of the investigations .

However, the CP said the suspected cult members shot one of his men during the operation