Anambra state government has described as false a media report that the dreaded Bakassi Boys are now back in Awka, the state capital.
Bakassi Boy is a group of non-state security outfit that operated in Abia and Anambra states in the early 2000.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, traced the viral video to an amateur photographer whose spin caught even some mainstream media unaware.
“What the journalists and 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.
“The fights among cultists resulted in some casualties.
“Awka youth, appalled by the sad development in their peaceful hometown, decided to fish out the cultists from their residences and hideouts.”
The statement went on to give assurances on the state government’s preparedness to ensure the state remains safe.
“The Anambra State Government would like to assure all Ndi Anambra that the Bakassi Boys security outfit is not in Anambra State, and will not be used again in the state.
“Anambra State remains the safest state in the country, despite the eight security breaches of the past few months which received enormous publicity.
“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,” Adinuba said