Unidentified gunmen have run amok in Rivers State, killing at least 15 persons at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, ONELGA, of the state in the last few weeks.
The gory massacre has sent shivers down the spine of residents.
The armed men, apparently seething with rage that over 200 cultists renounced cultism in the area, took aim at Omoku community lately, shooting sporadically and exterminating the lives of innocent people in all their three raids.
Niger Delta Voice gathered that, indeed, about 200 cultists, formerly of the Icelander Cult, terrorizing the area, openly repudiated their membership of the group at a Peace and Prayer programme organized by the ONELGA Youth Forum. The development restored hope to the people of the area, as many residents who relocated from the area returned when they heard about the wind of change blowing in the community.
However, the relief was temporal, as barely one week after the entreaty programme, the gunmen returned in full swing shattering the fragile peace enjoyed by the people for less than 30 days.
The gangsters exterminated five persons that renounced cultism, penultimate Sunday, in Omoku town. They also invaded Omoruyi Street in the same community at about 9.00 pm and killed another five persons.
The Sunday incident raised palpable tension in Omoku town with people scampering to bed earlier than usual.
A source told Niger Delta Voice that some of those who allegedly disowned cultism in the peace programme were not faithful to their promise.
A youth leader in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government, Mr. Bright Abali condemned the deliberate killings of the innocent people as a senseless murder.
Abali, one of the youths that organized the peace programme where the cultists purportedly repented, said the level of killings in the area, especially after over 200 cultists turned their back on cultism was affecting the community.
He said: “Politics have come and gone we should not continue to carry dead bodies, we cannot continue like this. I call on these masked gunmen to sheath their sword. Let it not look as if they deceived us.”
While citizens were bemoaning the Omuku invasion, cultists struck, last Wednesday, at Obrikom community, killing six persons. Sources said the cultists opened fire soon as they stormed the community and like Omoku episode, Obrikom villagers were currently moving out of the under attack town.