Saturday, 9 April 2016

Rivalry cult clash, leave four dead in Rivers state

According to the punch a community Rumuogodo in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State has been in disarray following a cult war that has allegedly claimed over four lives.


Reports have it that the crisis, which had shattered peace in the area, started at the beginning of the week when members of Icelander cult group invaded the community and killed two persons.

Southern City News also learnt that the two persons killed were suspected to be members of the Deygbam cult group that had been in opposition with the Icelanders.

The community source, Mr. Godson, hinted Southern City News that one innocent person was feared killed during the Sunday invasion that left the community in deep agony.

“Early in the morning, we started hearing gunshots and some people running about. The gunmen, who we suspect were members of the Icelanders cult group, killed one Mr. Eberechi and one other young man.

“Eberechi was in his room sleeping around 5am when some boys came and shot him. The boys also moved to another place and killed another person. Bullets also hit one innocent person and we are afraid he may not survive it.

“After the shootings and killings on Sunday, Deygbam boys left the community and went into hiding,” Godson added.

Godson said on Sunday night that rumour filtered into the community that the Deygbam cult group was not happy with the killing of its members in the community.

He narrated that the Deygbam boys on Monday sent a threat message that they would enter the community to avenge the killing of their members.

It was also learnt from another source that the Deygbam boys said they would shoot on sight when they entered the community for reprisal.

This information as was learnt forced every youth in the community to flee for safety.

However, on Tuesday, gunmen suspected to be Deygbam boys invaded the community, killing about two persons in the process.

A source disclosed that the cultists, who laid siege to the community, operated without interruption for over five hours, shooting and destroying property.

As at 2pm on Tuesday, when Southern City News visited the area, residents were still moving out of the community in droves.

One of the residents who spoke to Southern City News at the junction by the East-West road, which leads to the community, stated that the level of sporadic shooting was scary.

The woman, who refused to give her name to the press for the fear of being trailed, told Southern City News that no single soul could be found in the community.

The woman, who rode out from the community with a bicycle loaded with some of her property, said that the “boys” had already started breaking into deserted homes to loot valuables.

 She regretted that despite the killings that began two days earlier, no security personnel was in sight.

She also gave the names of Tuesday’s victims as Mr. Agbandu and Mr. Chimekwa, adding that the community had been taken over by the cultists.

“What happened today is frightening. Cultists came into the community early in the morning and started shooting. Everybody has packed out of the community because of the shootings. They killed two persons today.

“As I went home now to carry my husband’s documents, I saw the “boys” breaking into some houses. So, I ran away. We want the army to come and rescue the situation.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said four suspects had been apprehended in connection with the cult war in Rumuodogo I community.

The culprits were identified as Eze Alu, (male) 24, Ikechi Bennerth (male) 30, Chidi Bennert (male) 40, and Mike Eleru (male) 38 years old.


Source- Punch (Nigeria)

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