Bakassi Boys, a vigilante group in the South East, have returned to Awka, capital of Anambra State, after disbanding years ago.
As they sang and sounded the alarm, they were seen in two vans.
However, it was unknown who invited the dreaded vigilante group.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he is unaware of the development.
“I received this information from you,” he said. Such details are not in front of me.
In the meantime, I will make inquiries.
When asked if the police would be open to such arrangements, the PPRO replied, “We are open to working with any stakeholder in security.”
One source, however, stated, “The boys came in relation to the recent taking over of Awka town by cult groups without Police response.”. “I believe they were invited by traders.”
According to a senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, some security officials arrived in the state, but could not confirm if they were sent by the government.
For now, that is all I can tell you, according to the source. We’ll see how things turn out in the days and weeks to come.”
Bakassi Boys are normally armed with machetes and guns, as well as black magic artefacts.
They are accused of extrajudicial killings.
The organization targets suspected petty thieves, armed robbers, ritual killers, murderers, corrupt persons, and generally anyone considered evil.