Cultism: Anambra community engages vigilance group code name ’Scorpion Squad’

Cultism: Anambra community engages vigilance group code name 'Scorpion Squad'  - Prompt News

Leadership of Awka community in Anambra has engaged the services of special Vigilance Group tagged “Scorpion Squad” to check upsurge in secret cult related killings in the area.

The new group commenced its operations on June 12.

Mr Charles Ijeoma, Chairman, Ezi-Awka Youth Organization told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Awka that the group was not the old Bakassi Boys that we used to know as insinuated in some quarters.

According to him, the only thing is that the mode of operations looks like that of the Bakassi Boys.

“Awka people decided to engage the group because the rate of cult related killings were becoming too much in the area.

“We felt we have to act fast because police and other security agencies appeared overwhelmed by upsurge in security problems in the area.

“The people of Ezi-Awka made up of seven villages recently met because of the rate of killings, armed robbery, raping and breaking into market shops and for that decided to invite the scorpion squad,”.

Ijeoma said that the community informed the state police command through the Central Police Station, Awka and also the Awka South local government area.

“So far, four persons have died in a crossfire between two secret cult groups and the squad and the group came in control of the situation and the bad boys met their deaths in the process,” he said.

Ijeoma blamed the rate of brigandage in Anambra recently on the jail breaks across the the Southeast zone.

He noted that there were many guns currently in Awka and those guns were in the hands of criminals released by unknown gunmen.

The chairman noted that since the police were busy protecting their stations, “we must act fast to protect Awka community”.

The body it was learnt  had so far arrested 23 suspected armed robbers and cultists out of which four died in a crossfire.

The outfit had also recovered arms and some stolen tricycle and apprehended tricycles operating during prohibited hours by the state government.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said that the command was not aware but quickly added that the command was ready to work with any known security outfit in crime fighting. (NAN)

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