They were arrested for being suspected members of Black Axe cult group.

The Police Command in Niger, on Tuesday, said it had arrested 16 students of Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai, during cult initiation.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this in a statement issued in Minna.

“On July 7 at about 2100 hours, acting on a credible intelligence, Police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested the suspects.

“They were arrested for being suspected members of Black Axe cult group at Gwaranyo lodge, State Low Cost area of Lapai while conducting their annual celebration in a room rented by one of the suspects.

“Items recovered during the celebration and initiation ceremony include one small axe, one Army trouser, one Army face cap, one pot soaked with dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

Abiodun said that the suspects would be arraigned after investigation.