Cult groups clash in Rivers State claim four lives

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No fewer than four persons were, on Friday, feared dead during a cult clash between suspected cults groups in two communities of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was learnt that the two cult groups that has been threatening peace in the area over supremacy battle clashed resulting in the deaths and destructions of valuables in the area.

This comes barely one week after a commercial bus travelling to ONELGA owned by the LG Council was hijacked and over 17 passengers kidnapped.

The state government under Governor Nyesom Wike had promised to give amnesty to repentant cultists in the state. Some of the diehard cultists in the area were already yielding to the call of the state government.

However, another cult war erupted in the area on Friday.

The suspected cultists stormed Omoku Town and killed one of their victims before moving to Okansu community where they shot three more persons dead.

A community source who related the development on condition of anonymity said one female was among the four victims.

The source disclosed that the first cult group attacked Omoku and killed a member of the rival group and in reprisal the other group attacked Okansu killing three and destroying property.

The source who is resident at Okansu disclosed that the shootings and killings caused pandemonium in the community, adding that people have gone to hiding because of fear.

The source said, “Okansu did not know peace last night as suspected cultist stormed the community shooting sporadically before killing three people.

“Several people were also kidnapped and several buildings destroyed during the operation that lasted almost all throughout the night.

“The inhabitants of the area are now living in fear. The cult members of the victim who was murdered in Omoku Town were the people that came on reprisal attack at Okansu and killed three persons.”

When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer of River State Police Command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni said he was yet to be briefed on the developement.

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