Two Die From Cult Rivalry In Akwa Ibom

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

Fresh cult war between Debalm and Iceland confraternities on Saturday claimed two persons in Inen Ikot Eteye village, OrukAnam local government area, Akwa Ibom State.

It was gathered that the incident which occurred at early hours of the day was terrible as members of Debalm Cult group caught a member of Iceland, a rival group in their family compound cutting him to pieces while family members and entire villagers fled for safety.

An eyewitness, Mr. Okon Udo Idung said the second victim simply identified as “OSAboy” who is a member of the community Vigilante group was caught near the scene of the incident where the cultists gave him several matchet cuts and dismembered the body leaving him in the pool of his blood.

He said “OSAboy” lives in the neighbouring village but met his untimely death that early morning as he rushed to carry his wife to the popular Urua Awak market when the hoodlums descended on him.

Idung explained that “OSAboy” was not spared by the cultists in order to hide their identity because he rammed into their operations knowing that the victim can identified them for possible arrest.

“They caught him after the first person was killed. We heard when he was shouting for help but the cultists did not listen. They killed him on the spot just to hide their Identity and escape arrest.

Reacting to the incident, the State Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) CSP Frederick N-Nudam who confirmed it further said that the Commissioner of Police Amiengheme Andrew has mobilized officers from Anti Kidnapping Squad and Anti Cultism Squad to restore normalcy in the area.

“As we speak, some suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and we hope that police would be able to bring the situation to normalcy”, CSP N-Nudam added.

Meanwhile, the killing in Inen Community has become rampant as scores of young persons have been killed through rival cult clashes in the past six months leaving community leaders and other residents in fear with some of them fleeing the area for safety in the neighbourhood villages.

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