Anambra police to prosecute Awka market leader, others over cultism
By O’star Eze
Anambra state police has vowed to prosecute three high profile men in Awka for alleged complicity in the recent cult killings in Awka, the Anambra state capital. The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, who announced the arrest of the high profile persons in an official statement, said that the police would prosecute the arrested persons at the end of their investigations. According to the police, the suspects, so far, are Mr. Emeka Agumadu, popularly known as Baby Awka and chairman of Eke Awka Market, Prince Collins Ozojiofor, Okechukwu Nwaneke and Nwankwo Chukwuma, all of whom were said to be influential personalities in Awka town. The PPRO said, “On 10 and 11 of August, 2019, there was a clash between two rival cult groups, the Black axe and Vikings confraternities at Eke Awka and Dike Park, all in Awka South LGA of Anambra state, where one Chinedu, alias Nambo; and Uche Anarah, were murdered. “Following the incidents and while acting on credible intelligence, the command Puff-Adder
operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, on the 13/08/2019, at about 4:20 pm, launched a manhunt of the suspects at Dike Park and Umukwa village areas of Awka, and arrested four suspected sponsors/ members of Black axe and Vikings confraternities.
” Haruna said, “Efforts are being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings after which they would be charged to court for prosecution.” A senior state counsel of the Anambra State Ministry of Justice, Department of Public Prosecution, Barrister Umar Ikechukwu Ezeh, who spoke with newsmen in Awka over the development, decried the killings, saying that the arrests would go a long way in ensuring a restoration of sanity on Awka streets and hopefully the cessation of the gang banging claiming lives of young people in Awka. “I am appalled at the protracted cult killings, which, from recent arrests, indicate that some money bags were the ones fuelling the blood-letting. I am sure the people’s trust in the police has been greatly enhanced by this singular act and I congratulate CP John Abang for the feat. I, however, encourage the CP to ensure he remains steadfast in his fight against crime in the state.” He also called on the warring groups to sheathe their swords and seek the path of peace and reconciliation, reminding them that the future belongs to them and that with harmony more good things would come to them. “I also wish to enjoin the warring groups to cease fire, sheathe their swords and seek the path of peace and reconciliation. The future belongs to you and you can achieve better things when you work together.” Meanwhile, Orient Weekend gathered that Agumadu regained his freedom on Thursday, barely 24 hours after his arrest. He was sighted in his residence in the midst of friends and relatives in what appeared to be celebration mood. There was no official police statement as at press time on his bail and the next line of action.