War of Cults; 5 people hacked to death in deadly supremacy clash

5 persons have been reportedly killed during a cult clash between skylo and scorpion cult groups in Akpabuyo Local Government area of cross river state.

An eyewitness who pleaded to remain anonymous said that about 50 suspected cultists, armed with axes and locally made guns, were seen shooting indiscriminately from Maternity axis to Forestry checkpoint in Akpabuyo.

He said the mayhem caused panic in the area, causing people to scamper for safety.

According to him, it started when scorpion members started shooting and hacking down skylo’s cultist.

“Over five persons were reportedly gunned down during the clash while property worth millions of naira was destroyed,” he said

The State Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade, South, Ani Esin was contacted and he had this to say, “We have some cult-related clashes in Akpabuyo local government area of the State which degenerated into communal differences and we are trying to see what we can do to curtail it. We will handle the cult issue first then go into communal differences”.

The Permanent Secretary, Governor’s Office, in charge of Security, Dr Alfred Mboto spoke with THE PUNCH, over the situation.

He said, “As at yesterday when I got distress calls, I immediately called the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander. They sent security personnel to the area to maintain law and order.

“The security men trailed the alleged cultists to a place called Ifondo. The incident was cult clash and the suspects used the opportunity to rob. There were sporadic gunshots,” he revealed.

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