Fear grips Port Harcourt as Cultists go on rampage

Fear grips Port Harcourt as Cultists go on rampage

The residents of Etchewe Street in Mile 2 Diobu are presently living with anxiety over the dumping of an unidentified lifeless body of a young man who some alleged were murdered by a cult gang.

The victim who was wrapped with carton papers and dumped at Etchewe Street with severe knife cut all over his body was said to have been murdered by his fellow cult men who have taken over the Mile 2 axis for the past two weeks.

It was gathered that few days to the murder of the victim there were series of cult clash at the area and the entire Mile 2 axis of Port Harcourt which has made residents of the area to restrict their movement at night.

When our reporter got to the scene the atmosphere was tense with Illabuchi Police officers standing a meter away from the scene with the fear that the rival cult members may attack, even the residents of the area were also watching the lifeless corpse from afar.

The illabuch Police officers who were discussing with the Rivers State Sanitation officers on how to carry the victim corpse were visibly confused on the possible action to take on the matter at the moment as they argue with one another.

Our reporter who was there when the argument was going on saw an officer of Rivers State Sanitation informing the Police officer on the scene not to evacuate the corpse to the cemetery without proper investigation on the matter to know how he was killed.

After some argument the police officers yielded to the advice and decided to leave the corpse temporarily to brief the Divisional Police Officer at Illabuch Police Station before deciding on the next line of action.

Some of the residents who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that the corpse is one of the cult members disturbing the area and was murdered by the rival cult members who it was believe were the one that dumped the corpse on the street so that the Police will not trace them.

They also noted that the residents of the area have not been sleeping because of one cult clash or the other and however, called on the security agencies to do something fast to reduce cult activities in the area.

When contacted on the matter, the Rivers State Police Public Relation Officer Ben Ugwuegbulam said his men has been drafted to take charge of the situation and to assist the illabuch Police Station over the matter.

By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt