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How Police Anti-Cult Squad Killed 80 Year Old Woman In Agulu, Anambra



Police Anti-Cult Squad has allegedly killed eighty year old woman in Ifite-Ani village Agulu Anaocha local government area of Anambra state.

The ill-fated octogenarian died after police operatives on arrest mission allegedly pushed her down while she was trying to dissuade them from arresting her grandson whom the police claimed was a cultist.

According to eye witness accounts , operatives of Special Police Anti Cult Squad, SPACS who came to arrest a suspected cultist about four o’clock in the morning of the sad incident, allegedly pushed the grandmother , Mrs Mgbeke Ezeagha while she was trying to explain that the boy was innocent and that was how the police Anti-Cult Squad caused her brutal death.

Sympathizers gathered crying and consoling the children and other relatives. One of the grandchildren, Adaobi Ezeagha narrated that they were still asleep at about four o’clock in the morning when some men of the Special Police Anti Cult Squad, Enugwu Ukwu Unit jumped over their fence and swooped on them claiming that they want to arrest a suspected cultist, Echezona aged twenty two.

” they jumped in, slapped me on my eye, pushed my grandmother who was asking them what was the matter, they beat my mother up and took my brother away.”

The first son of the deceased, Mr Marius Ezeagha wondered how security men would come into a house at such an ungodly hour and start beating people up for no reason.

” i just woke up, i saw armed men, my mother was shouting for them to leave her grandson alone , they pushed her and she fell down and that was how i lost my mother.”

A youth leader in Ifiteani village , Mr Marius Raphael Nduka who regretted the incident, appealed to both the federal and state governments to urgently address the increasing rate of killings by security operatives across the country.

In an interview, the PG of Agulu, Chief Andy Orakwelu who commended the youths for not taking to destruction of property during the protest, expressed the hope that concerned authorities would bring the perpetrators to book.

The member representing Anaocha one constituency at the Anambra state House of Assembly, Mr. Ebele Ejiofor said though it was the duty of security agents to bring sanity to the society, there was the need for them to observe international best practices while carrying out their duties.

Two other sympathizers, Mr. Fidel One and Mrs. Perpetual Ezeagha noted that the boy was a tailor and had been sick but wondered why security operatives would be arresting and molesting people especially at such odd hour.

The death of the octogenarian sparked off crisis in the area as angry youths blocked some major roads within the community in protest against what they called incessant arrest and extortion by the SPACS operatives .

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Anambra command of the Nigeria Police, Haruna Mohammed described the death of the old woman as rather unfortunate but assured the general public that the commissioner of police in the state has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter and that the SPACS operatives responsible for the death of the old woman would be brought to justice.

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