Suspected Cultists Kill 3 in Anambra, Despite Launch of Operation Golden Dawn

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Tension has continued in Awka, Anambra State capital, as unidentified gunmen suspected to be cultists on Tuesday evening killed three persons.

This is coming with the current launch of a military operation in the Southeast code named – Operation Golden Dawn.

Fides gathered that two persons were gunned down opposite First Market, Ifite, while one person was killed behind Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching

Hospital, Amaku, both in Awka South Local Government Area.

An eye witness who spoke with Fides, said both incidents happened between 4:15 and 4:30pm on Tuesday.

According to the source, ‘These boys have started again. It is because the policemen are nowhere to be seen as a result of the unknown gunmen.

As a result, panic had enveloped residents of Awka who had not witnessed such

killings in recent time

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he had not been briefed on the issue.

He said, ‘As soon as the command receives the signal it would be made public.’

But a senior police officer in the state who did not want to be quoted, confirmed the incidents. He said it was not a case of unknown gunmen, but a case of cult clashes involving rival groups.