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Bakassi Boys storm Anambra, hunt for suspected cultists, kill six

Some Bakassi Boys have reportedly stormed some parts of Awka, the Anambra State capital in two vans singing and warning criminals to stop their activities.

A source told the PUNCH that the men killed six persons, mostly those suspected to be cultists on Monday.

“They killed and burnt four suspects at Nkwo Amiyi. Mostly, those suspected to be cultists. They also killed two at Ifite Awka. Those ones were suspected handbag and telephone snatchers.

“The Bakassi Boys came mainly for alleged cults, which had taken over Awka town without any response from the police. I think they were invited by traders.”

A senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some security men were in the state, but he failed to confirm their identities.

The source said, “That’s the only thing I can tell you for now; let’s see how things work out in days and weeks to come.

Bakassi Boys are usually armed with machetes and guns and an array charms worn around their body.

They have been accused of extrajudicial killings of suspected petty thieves, armed robbers, ritual killers, murderers, corrupt persons, and generally anyone they considered evil.

When contacted, the Police Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the development.

He said, “I don’t have any such details before me. Meanwhile I will make enquires please.”

Asked whether the police would be ready with such arrangement, the PPRO said ,”We are ready to work with any stakeholder in security.”

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