REPORTER: NDU NWANNAH
The Police Command in Anambra State says it has arrested a notorious criminal, who masterminded the killing of four people, including a private security operative in Awka.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed this, shortly after receiving protesters from Ezinano Community, Awka, at the Command Headquarters in Amawbia.
Members of the community, comprising 20 Villages, who carried placards with various inscriptions, were protesting against incessant cult killings in Awka, while calling for the removal of two police officers, alleged to be aiding cultists in the area.
Mr. Ikenga commended the cooperation of residents of Awka in promoting security in the state capital, stressing that the alleged notorious killer was arrested in Enugu through useful information from citizens.
He urged families of victims of cult related killings to provide the police with critical information that would help them in curbing the menace of cultism in the area.
Earlier, while addressing the police, one of the leaders of Ezinano Community, Mr. Tochukwu Nwokoye, appealed to police authorities to provide support to local security operatives to address cult killings raging in Awka.
Also, a stakeholder, Chief Richard Onuorah, urged the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to remove the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Akin Fakorede and Inspector Monday Umanah from the State CID, Awka for allegedly supporting cultists causing insecurity in the area.
Two women, Mrs. Gloria Ezulike and Mrs. Amechi Nwobu, said mothers and widows were crying over the high rate of cult killings devastating their community.
Some of the women in the group, protested nude to show their anger over the cult menace in the Anambra State Capital, which they said had rendered many children fatherless; mothers childless; and numerous wives widows.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU