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Cult War Murder suspect says youth leader was killed in revenge

This 22-year-old son of a retired police officer who thought there is life in cultism, is now in police detention.

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Emmanuel Jeremiah moved from a good boy to a wanted murder suspect. play

Emmanuel Jeremiah moved from a good boy to a wanted murder suspect.

(Tribune Newspaper)
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For 22-year-old son of a retired police officer, Emmanuel Jeremiah, a wanted murder suspect in the killing of a youth leader at Ebubu community in Eleme local government area of Rivers State, it is the end of the road as he has been nabbed by operatives of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), of the state Police Command.

Jeremiah who is alleged to be an active member of the Dey Bam cult in the community, had been declared wanted by the police after the murder of William Adantha Samora, a youth leader in 2013, while others connected with the crime had been arrested and have since been remanded in prison custody.

Though he escaped arrest at the time the offence was committed, Jeremiah was apprehended on December 4, 2014.

In his confession to the crime, the suspect said his group killed Samora in revenge:

"I joined Dey Bam cult in 2005. I was just 12 years old. I was lured into joining the cult. I went to my community to spend holiday, not knowing that some of the young boys were making plans to make me join their cult group.

When Samora made his intention known that he wanted to lead the youths in Ebubu community to curb the problem that existed, youths supported him, irrespective of the cult group they belonged to, though he was a known Iceland man.

But to our surprise, he started being partial. Anytime his cult members came to the community to foment trouble, he would keep mum and would not caution them. If it was any other group, he would inform the police and those caught would be charged to court and sent to prison.

On the day of the incident, we were at a burial. The deceased belonged to us because she was grandmother to one of our members.  We were there celebrating when we saw that people started running.

While we wondered what was happening, we saw Samora’s group approaching our gathering. We learnt that one of our invited guests was hit by the vice president and he died. That was how the celebration was brought to an abrupt end as everyone fled.

We went there at about 10 pm, and met him eating with one of his friends. One of us shot him. Though I had a cutlass, I was not bold enough to use it on him, so someone did the job until we saw that he was dead. His friend was also hit by bullet and he died too.

After Samora’s death, his group came out and started looking for those who killed their leader. They killed three people, including one native doctor, whom they accused of doing juju for Dey Bam members, and two others.

I ran to my uncle’s place in Enugu State to escape the group’s wrath. I came back to Ebubu in December, 2014 and I was arrested."

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