Men of the Nigeria Police Force have ambushed, killed and arrested some members of the secret cult gang members that allegedly carried out massive killing of mourners at a burial ceremony in Ebenebe community of Anambra State recently.
According to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng the police operatives laid ambush for the suspected cult members when on Tuesday the gang attacked vigilante group in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The Police boss added that the leader of the gang, one Uchenna Nwobu a.k.a Anali was killed while the other gang member was arrested during the ambush.
The police press briefing reads thus:
Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to this important briefing.
Many of you are aware of the menace of cultism in the State particularly in Awka and environs. You will recall that on 14th December, 2021, Cultists attacked the Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association in broad day light near Unizik junction. Two Police Officers who were in the vicinity were killed and their weapons two AK 47 rifles carted away.
Again on 26th February, 2022 the same cultist gang attacked a funeral party at Ebenebe in Awka North Local Government Area killing several mourners.
These serious incidents motivated the Command in going the extra mile in intelligence gathering and discreet investigation.
In the past two weeks several members of the gang were arrested by Police Operatives working in synergy with important stakeholders in the security sector.
On Tuesday 15th March, 2022 information was received that the same cult group had launched an attack on Unizik vigilante group at miracle junction, ifite, Awka.
Police Operatives were mobilized to lay ambush for the gang as they fled from the scene.
The effort pays off as the Police succeeded in demobilizing the gang and recovering a cache of weapons which included the two AK-47 rifles earlier stolen from the two Policemen murdered on 14th December, 2021.
The following are the weapons and other items recovered; two Ak47, three pump actions guns, three locally made beretta pistols, one locally made Chief recover pistol, Nine Ak-47 magazine, two battle axes, assorted ammunition for the firearms above and the Mercedes Benz V-Booth reg. No Lagos HC 661 AAA with which the gang was operating was also recovered
The leader of the gang, one Uchenna Nwobu a.k.a Anali was killed while the other gang member was arrested.
Investigation is ongoing aimed at tracking down other members of the gang and establishing the rightful owner of the recovered car.
We have also taken note of the grievous jungle justice in the trending video of the clash between the cultists and a local vigilante group. We condemn the barbaric act. Investigation will unravel identities of perpetrators and they will be brought to justice.
We wish to advise all those involved in providing protection for our communities to refrain fro resort to self help.
One crime cannot be the cure for other crimes. On our part we shall continue to uphold the public trust. We shall continue to partner with all well-meaning stakeholders to improve public safety and state security.