The people of Egbeda in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State have fled their community in the wake of renewed cult clashes between Deygbam and Iceland Confraternities.
An eye witness, Mr, Chux Ekweme who spoke with The Tide in Port Harcourt on Monday, explained that thousands of persons have fled to neighbouring communities for refuge and noted that Egbeda is like a ghost town.
He said by November last year, the two cult groups had made a truce in a peace deal brokered by Resident Pastors in Egbeda.
According to him, “the peace accord was breached on January 4, 2018 when members of Iceland cult group invaded Amapu and killed six persons including a practicing lawyer.
Mr. Ekweme explained that attempts made by the Resident Pastors in the community to sustain peace could not hold water because of suspicion fueled by the unprovoked January 4, 2018 attack.
Mr Ekweme noted that reprisal attacks had become the vogue in the community in recent times.
He said houses were often set ablaze by the cult groups in the community.
Mr Ekweme described the situation as terrible and urged all to join hands to ensure that the crisis is resolved.
He said Egbeda people were peace loving people and express regret that cult rivalries had caused a lot of pains to the community.
Also speaking, a member of Egbeda Conflict Resolution and Project Monitoring Committee, Mr Paul Umenwor told community members not to be partisan in their effort to bring lasting peace in the area.
He stated that the only way the community could move forward was by calling a spade a spade.