Disturbed by the level of cult-related killings in the state, some Awka, Anambra state indigenes on Wednesday, protested in the state.
The protesters came from Ezinano, Umuokpu, Eziawka, Amikwo and Agulawka villages.
During the protests, the protesters demanded that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Akin Fakorode, of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), and Inspector Monday Umana, also of the department, be removed for alleged complicity.
The two officers were accused of destabilising a local security outfit, “Blue Shed,” set up to flush out criminalities in the city.
According to the Spokesman of the group, the essence of the protest was to draw the attention of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, the state Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye, and the general public to the alleged atrocities of the above-named officers.
He added that the incessant killings and other waves of crimes in Awka necessitated the protest.
He noted that elders and leaders of the protesters, which comprised 20 villages in Awka claim that some of the crimes in the town are aided by the two officers.
The allegation has since been dismissed by the police authorities.
“We are tired of burying our children. We want peace in our town. We are helpless, the Police authority should come to our rescue,” Onuorah said.
Reacting, the state police boss, CP Adeoye argued that the protest was sponsored and designed to blackmail the force.
He mentioned that the sponsor was standing trial in court and was doing all he could to escape trial.
The command CP noted that Nigerians have the freedom to peaceful protest. However, the command would make sure that the issues are treated.
“It was a sponsored protest by the owner of Blue Shield Security outfit, who is facing trial in two courts, so their action is diversionary.
“We shall not succumb to blackmail, we respect people’s right to peaceful protest but justice must be done,” he said.