The Police in Akwa Ibom State have confirmed the death of 8 people in an ongoing cult clash for supremacy in Esit, Eket Local Government Area of the state.
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Macdon Odiko confirmed the incident to newsmen on Friday in Esit Eket.
According to Odiko, 2 fierce cult groups, the Vikings Confraternity and Black Axe members had engaged in a supremacy battle, leading to the death of 4 persons from both sides, making 8 in total.
He disclosed that the clash led to the setting ablaze of a family house of the leader of the Legislative Council in Esit Eket.
Meanwhile, a source from Esit
Eket who didn’t give his name to newsmen for safety reasons said the clash started when some Black axe members blocked a member of Viking while he was walking at night and collected some locally made pistols from him.
The source said, “the clash started at a friend’s night programme when some boys accosted a Viking member carrying bag in his hand at midnight at Etebi in Esit Eket.”
“The Black Axe group searched the bag and discovered that it contained locally made pistols which they seized from him”.
“The Viking member left in anger to meet his group and they re-enforced to the friend’s night programme at about 3a.m. and killed one person from Black Axe at Etebia where the fracas started.”
“4 members of Vikings and 4 from Black Axe, making 8 in total were killed in the clash that ensued thereafter, ” the source explained.
Due to the fight, some residents in Esit Eket have reportedly fled their homes to other neighboring communities for safety.
Speaking further, Odiko warmed that the Police will not tolerate any form of violence in the state, adding that it will not rest until those who were responsible for the deaths and destruction of innocent people’s properties are brought to justice.
“We are on the trail of those who are breaching the law and soon the full wrath of the law will catch up with them, ” he added.