12 Persons Killed In Rival Cult Clash In Ekiti, Akwa Ibom

A reprisal attack by some cult members in Ikere Ekiti during the last weekend reportedly led to the killing of no fewer than six persons.

It was gathered that the chaos started following the killing of a cult member on Saturday, which made members of the opposing group launch out a reprisal on the other group.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, a source said, “We do not really know the cause of the clash, but what we can say is that the cult members held residents and motorist hostage as they were on a shooting spree on Sunday morning.

“What we gathered is that a member of a cult group was killed overnight by rival group members and there was a reprisal in the early hours of Sunday. As we speak, people have been able to count six dead bodies from the cult clash,” the source explained.

When contacted on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, said law enforcement agents had arrested 10 suspects in connection with the incident, assuring that more personnel had been deployed in the area to restore normalcy.

He said: “There was a clash between rival cults early this morning (Sunday) in Ikere Ekiti. In the process, six persons lost their lives. Their corpses have been recovered and deposited in the morgue.

“Ten persons have been arrested as suspects in connection with the incident. Enough operatives have been deployed in that axis to maintain peace and tranquillity for now. An investigation is on, after that, we will know the real reason for the clash

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“There is no problem anymore, people have started going about their lawful activities. Enough police operatives have been deployed there to maintain peace and calmness.

“Men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Amotekun Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have begun operations there.

“Those arrested are being kept in our custody and by the time we conclude our investigations, they will be charged accordingly.”

In the same vein, no fewer than six persons feared dead in Mbiabong Ikot Essien, following a clash between suspected members of the Iron and Skin confraternities.

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