Cultists Kill 19, Burn Houses In Two Days Of War In Rivers

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PORT HARCOURT – Three persons were shot dead Thursday night by suspected cultists in Isiokpo community , Ikwerre local government area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad confirmed the ugly development but said details were sketchy.

Vanguard gathered that the rampaging cultists stormed the community in military uniform shooting sporadically.

They also reportedly set some houses ablaze.

This followed earlier when 16 were killed:

“In clashes at Ula Upata community, Ahoada East council, eight persons were killed.

“The quick intervention of our men stopped the situation from escalating. One of the suspected cultists was arrested and an English pump action gun recovered from him. Investigation is right now ongoing,” he said.

An eye witness, Mr Frank Alabi, said he was in his room in the village when suddenly he heard gunshots, adding that he quickly ran into a nearby bush from where he monitored the shootout.

He said that the assailants, after killing 10 people in his Ula Upata village, moved to Ahoada West to kill six other persons.

“I saw everything. I was in my room when about five boys started shooting. The killing started about 12.05a.m. I was in my house when I saw the killers. They carried three AK47 and two pump action guns. I called the DPO and the Joint Task Force, JTF.”

One of those killed was a Police Corporal and nine others in the community before they later moved to Ahoada West to kill six more persons.