The Anambra State Government has debunked reports of the return of the dreaded Bakassi Boys vigilante group in the state.
Speaking, the state’s Commissioner for Information,Don Adinuba, said Bakassi Boys would not be allowed to operate in the state.
He stated that the viral video showing some youths dressed in red wielding weapons was efforts by youths to rid the state of cultists and not Bakassi Boys.
According to the Commissioner, cultists were trying to capitalize on the short fall of policemen in Awka.
According to Adinuba: “An unidentified amateur video photographer has made a video claiming that the controversial security outfit known as Bakassi Boys, which was two decades ago used in Abia and Anambra states when the two neighbouring states were almost overrun by violent criminals, is back, this time in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
“The video quickly went viral because of its sensational appeal. A section of even the mainstream media has publicized the video, thus giving it a veneer of credibility.
“The Bakassi Boys security outfit is not in Anambra State, and will not be used again in the state.
“The people and Government of Anambra State are proud of the record of security agencies in the state which have substantially overcome the challenges of the last few months.
“What some members of the public innocently confused with Bakassi Boys’ return to the state is a noble effort of some Awka indigenes to fish out cultists in the community who have attempted to capitalize on the inadequate number of policemen on patrol in the town in the last few months to fight themselves with dangerous weapons.”