The Anambra State Government has debunked the rumour making the rounds that Bakassi Boys have returned to the state.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr C Don Adinuba said the security outfit is not in the state and will not be used again in the state.
He said the state remained the safest in the country, despite some security breaches in the past few months which received enormous publicity.
Mr Adinuba explained that the people and government of the state were proud of the record of security agencies which had substantially overcome the challenges.
He said some sections of the media had reported the purported return of Bakassi Boys, without verification from his office.
The Commissioner noted that the journalists and some members of the public innocently confused the return of Bakassi Boys to the state with a noble effort of some Awka indigenes to fish out cultists in the community who had attempted to capitalize on the inadequate number of policemen on patrol in the town in the last few months to fight themselves with dangerous weapons.
Mr Adinuba pointed out that Awka youths were appalled by the sad development in their peaceful hometown and decided to fish out the cultists from their residences and hideouts before an unidentified young amateur video photographer recorded one of the operations.
He said the Anambra Vigilante Group worked with the traditional rulers and Presidents-general of each of the one hundred and seventy nine communities in the state as well as the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr Adinuba advised the people of the State to go about their normal businesses without any fear of molestation.