The Achalla community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State has called on the police to save the area from cultists.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the community made the appeal during a protest at the command headquarters in Awka on Tuesday.
The people alleged that members of a cult group code-named ‘Black Eagles’ and sponsored by some influential people from within and outside the community were destroying homes and beating people not loyal to them.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the protesters, Mr Obinna Nweke, said some of the cult members had been arrested with dangerous weapons and called for their prosecution.
Nweke said, “We the people of Achalla no longer sleep in peace because the cult group has taken over our community vigilance service and are now terrorising us.
“Some of them were arrested with axes, machetes and guns but surprisingly they were released without trial. We want the police to investigate cases of arson in our community and bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to book.
“These attacks are being carried out under the protection of some indigenes of Achalla and influential people in Awka North. The police must intervene now before it consumes us,” he said.
In a letter of appeal submitted to the police, the protesters said, “We, the good people of Achalla call on the police to arrest, investigate and prosecute the activities of the Black Eagles cult now terrorising the community.”
The letter signed by an Achalla community leader, Chief Akuzu Nwokedi, urged the police and Anambra State Government to protect the community.
It also said that the vigilance group whose roles had been hijacked by the cult group should be restored and empowered.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr Sam Okaula, told the complaints had been brought before his command and was being investigated.
Okaula said some people had been arrested in relation to the matter and were being quizzed.
He said he had met with the elders and stakeholders of Achalla, including the prime minister who represented the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Alex Nwokedi.
He added that the police were on top of the situation while assuring the people that justice would be done