Renewed Cult Violence Erupts in Awka on Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, the calm and peaceful atmosphere of Awka, which is the capital city of Anambra State, was disrupted by a sudden and violent outburst. The city’s history has been plagued with a long-standing issue of cult clashes, which has now resurfaced with fatal consequences.

Reports indicate that at least six lives were claimed during the clashes. These brutal incidents unfolded across multiple areas in Awka, including Okpuno, Eke Awka market, and Obinagu. Among the victims was a staff member of the Anambra State Judiciary, a tragic loss that underscores the gravity of the situation.

In a swift response, law enforcement authorities apprehended a man in Awada, Anambra State. The suspect was allegedly found carrying an AK-47 rifle raising suspicions of direct involvement in the ongoing violence. The arrest took place during the Easter holiday when, upon noticing the presence of the police, the man attempted to flee but was promptly chased down, apprehended, and searched.

According to a press release from the state police command’s spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the search of the bag revealed an AK-47 Rifle with breech No. 25008266. Further investigation revealed that this particular firearm was not among those officially registered with the Anambra State Command. During interrogation, the suspect confessed that the weapon was intended for use in a confrontation with a rival cult group.

SP Ikenga added that the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, CP Aderemi Adeoye, praised the officers involved in the recovery for their vigilance and determination. He has instructed that the investigation be expanded to apprehend all individuals involved in the illegal arms trafficking, including an alleged financier residing abroad who provided funds for the purchase.

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A video trending on social media shows two people who were shot in the clash. One of the victims is seen still alive but in pain, lying in a pool of blood next to his motorcycle. Passersby are seen running away to safety.

As this remains a developing story, further details are anticipated to emerge. We will diligently update our readers as more information becomes available.

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