Eleven Feared Killed Over Cult Clash In Rivers Communities

Eleven Feared Killed Over Cult Clash In Rivers Communities

…Police station invaded
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Some gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group on the early hours of Sunday killed eleven persons in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The cultists visited three communities in the area, Rumuji, Ovogo and Rumuewhuo communities killing the victim who were suspected to be members of the rival cult group in the area.

Some of the victims killed are, Mr. Nature Oti, Ikechi, Onyebuchi Omuruka, Mr. Chima Omuruka, Mr. Lucky Okwakpam, Mr. Nyovele and others.

It was learnt that the gunmen had earlier attacked Rumuji Divisional Police Headquarters, allegedly overpowered the officers on night duty and rescued detainees in the cell.

It was also gathered that the gunmen broke into the armory of the police at Rumuji and made away with guns and ammunitions.

A visit to the area by the Nation showed that, there was still uneasy calm at the Police station, although no officer wanted to say a word to the reporter.

But, a police source confidently stated that the police station was under a heavy gunfire attack by some bandits, last night.

Another source who simply introduced his name as Mr. Michael hinted our correspondent that seven people were shot dead in Ovogo community, two in Rumuji and two others in Rumuewhuo communities, making the total number of victim to eleven..

Michael said the residents of the three communities are now on the run following the killings.

He said: “The residents of Ovogo community wake up this morning to witness a lot of dead bodies. There was much shooting last night. The entire Ovogo, Rumuewhuo and Rumuji communities have been deserted because of fear.

When contacted, The Rivers State Police spokesman, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Ahmad Muhammad simply said, “There was something like that but no casualties on either sides.”