By Raymond EKPE, South-South Investigator Bureau-chief
NO fewer than three yet to be identified persons have been killed by suspected cultists who laid besieged to Awa group of villages in Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom State; the home of Governor Udom Emmanuel. Several others were also reportedly injured in the renewed bloody clashes which sources said was between the Neo-Black Movement also known as Black Axe and Supreme Vikings confraternities that erupted on Friday September 13, 2019.
Villages affected by the cult war included Awa, Afaha Ubium, Ikot Obong Ishiet, Edem Idim and Ikot Asse.
Sources said there had been no love lost between the two rival groups for some time now adding that the recent clash followed agitation for the control of disbursed cash given to youths by one of the state government’s owned industries operating in the community. An eye witness, Mr. Sunday Enang confided in CrimeWorld that the cultists bearing all imaginable dangerous weapons operated freely in Awa and made a counter-parade in defiance of Police presence adding that one of the killed persons was the younger brother to a youth leader. “They even mounted road blocks leading to Governor Emmanuel’s residence and seized motorcycles from hapless riders passing through the road. Even residents in Awa, our governor’s village are not spared. We all run away at night and return in the morning. Right now movement is restricted,” he stated. When our correspondent visited Awa, the hometown of Governor Emmanuel in the heat of the clash, operatives of the dreaded SARS, DSS and Soldiers were seen parading the community. In the mean, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has confirmed three persons dead in the bloody cult clash adding however, that there was no arrest made yet. The Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Odiko Mac-Don added that aside the three persons who were killed several others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the clash, saying, “Investigations are ongoing; whenever the culprits are arrested; we will bring them to book. You know that this government has zero tolerance for cultism, and we will not condone such heinous activities. We are trying to restore peace and normalcy in the area.”
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