By Ikeugonna Eleke
Police in Anambra State have arrested some top politicians alleged to be sponsoring the incessant cult related killings in Awka.
Superintendent of Police, Haruna Mohammed, Public Relations officer of Anambra State Police Command, disclosed this in a press statement made available to Fides in Awka.
Several youths have since January this year been killed as a result of perceived leadership tussle among rival cults.
In May, no fewer than 10 members of different cult groups were felled at different locations in Awka.
In Ogbunike two weekends ago, five boys were also killed on the same day, while between the previous Saturday and last Tuesday, about five suspected cult boys were killed by their rivals.
Haruna in his press statement said, ‘Another breakthrough by the Anambra State Police Command has been recorded, as Puff-Adder operatives arrested alleged sponsors of recent cult related killings in the state.
‘It will be recalled that on the 10th and 11th August this year, there were clashes between two rival cult groups, the Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities at Eke Awka and Dike Park; both in Awka South LGA of Anambra State, where one Chinedu, male; surname yet unknown, Alias (Nambo) and Uche Anarah, male, were brutally murdered.
‘Following the incidents and while acting on credible intelligence, the Command’s Puff-Adder operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, had on the 13 of August, at about 4:20pm, launched a manhunt for the hoodlums at Dike Park and Umukwa Village areas of Awka, arresting four suspected sponsors/members of Black Axe and Vikings confraternities.’
The release named known politicians in Awka as the sponsors, including Mr Emeka Agumadu, popularly known as Baby Awka, who is also the chairman of Eke Awka Market.
Agumadu is known to be a philanthropist in Awka kingdom, and has built several houses for indigent people and also gifted cars to many youths.
He is also said to have bankrolled the election of several politicians into various positions in the state.
Others named were; Prince Collins Ozojiofor; Okechukwu Nwaneke and Nwankwo Chukwuma, all of whom are said to be influential personalities in Awka Town.
Haruna said that efforts were 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.