…Over 50 Cultists have been killed in Awka , over 1,500 arrested in Anambra
The Chairman of Eke Awka Market in Anambra State, Emeka Agummadu, popularly known as “Baby Awka”, says he is not a cultist and has never sponsored any cult killings in Awka. He called on the Police to investigate the matter as his hands are clean.
Agummadu in lamentation said: “I’m not a cultist and I don’t sponsor cult killings or any related crimes.
“The allegation is the handiwork of mischief makers aimed at tarnishing my image”.
“As a philanthropist, I have changed the living condition of so many Awka indigenes and contributed immensely to the development of the town”.
Agummadu pledged to work with the police and the state government to unravel the sponsors of cultists in Awka as well as in provision of security in Awka.
He rejected the reports alleging that he was a financier of cult activities in Awka and environs, reiterating that he was neither a cultist nor a sponsor of cult killings or any related crimes in Awka.
The Odogwublog that the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed had in a press statement last Wednesday said that Agummadu and three others were arrested for alleged cult related killings in the area.
Mohammed said the Commissioner of Police in the state John Abang led the operation for Agummadu’s arrest, though he has since regained his freedom.
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a market leader who is a High Chief in Awka described the allegation of his involvement in cultism as false and unfounded, but only aimed at tarnishing his long built reputation.
Agummadus arrest was presented thus in part: “It would be recalled that on the 10th and 11/08/2019, there was a clash between two rival cult groups, the Black Axe and Vikings confraternities at Eckoka ‘(Eke Awka)’ and Dike Park all in Awka South LGA of Anambra State where one Chinedu, surname yet unknown alias Nambo and Uche Anarah were brutally murdered.
“Following the incidents and while acting on credible intelligence, the command’s Puff Adder operatives led by the Commissioner of Police John Abang had on the 13/08/2019 around 4: 20 p.m. launched a manhunt for the hoodlums at Dike Park and Umukwa village areas of Awka, arrested four suspected sponsors/members of Black Axe and Vikings confraternities.
He gave the names of the arrested as, Prince Collin Ozojiofor, Okechukwu Nwaneke, Nwankwo Chukwuma and Ozor Emeka Agwumadu a.k.a Baby Awka.
Mohammed said efforts were being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings after which they would be prosecuted.
Over 50 youths have been killed in the last three years in and around Awka as a result of perceived leadership tussle among rival cults.
Just this August over 5 youths have been killed , same for July and June while in May 10 youths were killed at different locations in Awka.
Agumadu is a young man and philanthropist in Awka kingdom, who has built several houses for indigent people.
He has also gifted cars, Keke Napep to many youths, even as he has sponsored politicians in election. He has threatened to go to court over this through his social media handler.
Anambra police command have arrested over 1500 cultists across the state in the last three years, many of them have been prosecuted. Cult related killings is on the increase.