The Police Command in Anambra said on Wednesday it had arrested four suspects, including a chairman of market association it alleged were behind recent cult-related killings in the state.

The spokesman for the command, Superintendent of Police Haruna Mohammed, who made the disclosure in Awka, said the suspects were arrested by a team led by the Police Commissioner in charge of the state, Mr John Abang.

He recalled that on August 10 and August 11, two rival cult groups, Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities, clashed at Dike Park near Eke Awka in Awka South area of the state.

The incident, according to Mohammed, claimed the lives of two persons.

He explained that following the incident, the command’s “Operation Puff-Adder’’ led by the commissioner launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Mohammed said that the suspects were caught at Dike Park and Umukwa village, leading to the arrest of the four suspected “sponsors/members of Black Axe and Vikings confraternities’’.

He said efforts were being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings for prosecution.