Insecurity: Bakassi Boys resurface in S’East
Years after their disbandment, the Bakassi Boys, a vigilante group in the South East, have reportedly returned to some parts of Awka, Anambra State capital.
In awka, Anambra State, they were seen in two vans on Monday, June 14, 2021, singing and warning criminals.
According to report, it could not be confirmed who invited the dreaded vigilante group. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was not aware of the development.
He said, “I received this as information from you. 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.”
But a source said that the boys came mainly for alleged cult groups which have taken over Awka town in recent time without any response from the Police. Another source said they were invited by traders.
A Senior Police Officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some security men arrived at the state, but failed to confirm if they were sent by the government.
The source said, “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 Bakassi Boys are usually armed with machetes and guns and an array of black magic artefacts worn around their body.
Recall they have been accused of extrajudicial killings in the past.
Their targets are suspected petty thieves, armed robbers, ritual killers, murderers, corrupt persons and generally, anyone considered evil.