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Police arrest Anambra market leader over cult killings



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The Anambra State Police Command has arrested the leader of the Awka Central Market, Emeka Agumadu, popularly known as Baby Awka for allegedly sponsoring killings by cult groups in the state.

A statement on Wednesday by the state police command spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, said Agumadu was arrested on Tuesday.

According to Mohammed, the state Commissioner of Police, John Abang, led the team that arrested the market leader, who is a high chief in Awka.

The statement reads in part: “Recall that on August 10 and 11, 2019, there was a clash between two rival cult groups, the Black Axe and Vikings confraternities at Eckoka 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.

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“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 August 13, 2019 at about 4.20pm launched a manhunt for the hoodlums at Dike Park and Umukwa village areas of Awka and arrested four suspected sponsors and members of Black Axe and Vikings confraternities.”

The police spokesman also gave the names of the arrested as, Prince Collin Ozojiofor, Okechukwu Nwaneke, Nwankwo Chukwuma and Baby Awka, adding that efforts were being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings.

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