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Anambra speaks on return of Bakassi Boys



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The Anambra government has reacted to the media reports the defunct Bakassi Boys, a vigilante group, in the southeast resurrected to intervene in the widespread insecurity across the region.

The report was not true.

According to Don Adinuba, the state’s commissioner for information and public enlightenment, the state government would not allow Bakassi operate in the state, after 20 years of its proscription..

However, the Commissioner said the said video was efforts by youths to rid the state of cultists and not Bakassi Boys.

Adinuba said cultists were trying to capitalize on the short fall of policemen in Awka.

The Commissioner, however, assured that Anambra State was the safest state in Nigeria despite security challenges.

He said the unidentified amateur video producer who broke the story to the media misrepresented the efforts of some Awka youths who took to the streets to warn cultists and other criminals I the state.

“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,” he said.

“The Bakassi Boys security outfit is not in Anambra State, and will not be used again in the state.”

He insisted the people and government of Anambra are proud of the record of security agencies in the state which have substantially overcome the challenges of the last few months.

The National Daily reported earlier how IPOB/ESN, a militant secessionist group, has been roiling the state and four others in the southeast with attacks on security agencies and government properties.