Cult War Claims 4 Lives In Anambra As Cult Groups Invade CommunityNews From The State Friday, March 14th, 2014
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Awka
At least, four people were killed on Thursday when two warring cult groups engaged each other in fierce battle in Obosi, Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.
Our correspondent learnt that the cold war between the two unidentified cult members heightened, when two persons suspected to be members of one of the opposing group were allegedly gunned down by their rivals at Ozuda market in Obosi community.
A source who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that the incident occurred when the two warring cult groups clashed at a function which led to open confrontation that later degenerated to bloodshed.
According to the source, “during the clash, dangerous and sophisticated weapons were freely used by the suspected cultists, which left no fewer than four persons dead and scores injured.
Though the Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said only two persons were killed during the cult war.
African Examiner however gathered that the bone of contention between the two cult group was who controls the proceeds from the sale of communal lands by the warring factions in Obosi.
Meanwhile, the Anambra state police spokesman hinted that some people have been arrested in connection with the ugly incident, adding that efforts were still being made to apprehend all fleeing members of the warring cult groups.
Chukwuemeka, had called on members of the public and Obosi community to assist the police with useful information that could lead to their arrest.
In his reaction, traditional ruler of Obosi community, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, condemned the attack on innocent citizens by the cult groups in all its entirety, saying efforts were being made to bring the suspects to justice.
The Monarch assured his subjects of adequate security of lives and property in the community, just as he urged them to assist the security operatives with vital information that could lead to the arrest of some of the cultists now at large.
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