Due to frequent attacks by a cult group, the Achalla community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State has sent a distress call to the Nigerian police.
As reported by The Sun, the people of the community, engaging in a peaceful protest, have claimed that a cult group, popularly known as Black Eagles are causing turmoil in the community.
The cult group, which is reported to be sponsored by influential members within and outside the community, has terrorised and destroyed the homes of people who have not paid homage to them.
The spokesperson of the community, Mr. Obinna Nweke said that some of the members of the cult group have been apprehended and appealed to the police to prosecute them.
“We, the Achalla people, no longer sleep in peace because a cult group formed about a year ago has taken over the job of our community vigilante and is now terrorizing us.
“Some of them were arrested with axes, machetes and guns, but surprisingly they were released without being prosecuted, we want the police to investigate the cases of arsons in our community and bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to book.
“These attacks were 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 further said.
He also added that the people of the community are desperate for the intervention of security agencies to aid in alleviating the situation so that the people can be free from fear and danger.
The people of Achalla community which is situated in Awka North Local Government Area of the state also submitted a letter of appeal submitted to the Police. The letter which pleaded with the Anambra State Government and the Police to protect the community by getting the vigilante group who have stopped functioning due to actions of the cult, revived again.
The commissioner of police, Mr. Sam Okaula, told The Sun that the complaints made by the people were being investigated.
He also added that some of the cult members have being arrested and are being questioned.