Friday, April 28, 2017 11:42 am
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
There is uneasy calm in Umudioga Community in Emohua local government area of Rivers State. Not fewer than five persons have been shot dead with one of them beheaded last night, in a rival cult gang clash.
The Community Development Committee Chairman of Umudioga, Anyunele Bright, who confirmed the senseless killing attributed it to the invasion of a rival cult gang in the community on a reprisal mission.
According to him: “They killed five boys, among whom, one was beheaded. When I got the information about the attack I called the Commissioner of Police who detailed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Ahoada. The Police anti-cultism unit, SARS, the army are all here and peace has returned to the community but not with welled up apprehension that there may be counter atteck in the nearest future.”
Larry Godwin, a member of the Caretaker Committee of Emohua local government council also said that the Council immediately contacted the security agencies about the cult clash and different security agencies deployed their officers and men to the community to quell the situation
“Just as you are already aware, as a local government council we contacted the relevant security agencies who quickly mobilized to the flash points in Umudioga. The community is now calm. We advice anyone who has useful information about the hoodlums to contact the nearest Police station.” Larry Godwin assured.
The Rivers Police Command said a number of suspects have already been arrested. The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, DSP, assured that security agencies have been deployed to the community to contain the bloody clash.
Governor Nyesom Wike had given state amnesty to cult members in the state who voluntarily surrendered their dangerous weapons to the State Amnesty Committee headed by Ken Chinda after a 90 days window that enabled the committee to mop up illegal arms in the hands of hoodlums.
Unfortunately, recent upsurge in kidnapping,rival cult gang attacks and robberies is a pointer to the fact that the disarmament by amnesty committee may not have been effective enough in the state.