Insecurity: Bakassi Boys Return in South-East


By Henry Iheanacho

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Bakassi Boys, a vigilante group in the South East, have returned to some parts of Awka, Anambra State, years after their disbandment, multiple sources report.

According to The Punch, they were seen in two vans, singing and warning criminals.

However, it could not be confirmed who invited the dreaded vigilante group.

But a source said, “The boys came mainly for alleged cult groups which have taken over Awka town in recent time without any response from the Police. I think they were invited by traders.”

Daily Trust reports that a senior police officer who did not want to be named, said some security men arrived at the state, but failed to confirm if they were sent by the government.

“That is the only thing I can tell you, for now. Let’s see how things work out in the days and weeks to come,” the police source said.

The Bakassi Boys are usually armed with machetes and guns and an array of black magic artefacts worn around their body.

They have been accused of extrajudicial killings.

Their targets are suspected petty thieves, armed robbers, ritual killers, murderers, corrupt persons, and generally, anyone considered evil.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, however, said he was not aware of the development.

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He said; “I don’t have any such details before me. Meanwhile, I will make enquires please.”

Asked whether the police would be ready with such arrangement, the PPRO said, “We are ready to work with any stakeholder in security.”

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