Cult Clash Claims Three Lives In Rivers Community

Suspected political thugs arrested over various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, destruction of electoral materials and conspiracy during last Saturday's Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Imo State and were paraded before newsmen during a briefing by the AIG, Zone 9, Mr Wilson Inalegwu in Owerri, last Sunday.

Three persons have been killed in Egbeda community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State over cult rivalry.
An eyewitness, who spoke with The Tide in Port Harcourt at the weekend under a condition of anonymity, said two persons were killed when Iceland cult fraternity shot sporadically at a Toyota Camry Car travelling from Elele to Ubimini through Egbeda.
He said the shot at the car deflated the vehicle’s tyres, where upon two of the occupants suspected to be members of the rival Deygbam cult group were dragged out of the vehicle and shot dead.
The eyewitness noted that the peace keeping group known as Bakassi intervened to stop the killing but a member of the group was felled by Icelanders’ bullet making three persons on the whole.
He said following the killings, many members of the community have fled their homes following the clashes between the groups.
The eyewitness noted both Bakassi and Deygbam confraternity said the would be on the offensive to avenge the death of their members.
The eyewitness also stated that the commander of the Bakassi group had assured that they would not leave any stone unturned until the perpetrators of the mayhem were caught.
He said many indigenes of the community had started leaving in their droves to neighbouring villages.
He said the clash between the two groups would be very bloody as they were squaring up for a showdown.
The eyewitness, who is also a member of the community urged all to maintain peace for the development of the area.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omow (DSP) when contacted on Saturday said they were not aware of the killings.

Chidi Enyie