Two Killed As Cult Groups Clash In Cross Rivers


A violent clash between two rival secret cult groups in Cross Rivers State, has left two youths dead.

This is coming barely two weeks after two persons were killed when youths and the police clashed in Ogoja.

The clash, which took place Sunday night reportedly started at the burial of a woman, Ma Alice Ogboja, when the cult groups said to be Norsemen and Klux Klan engaged each other in a free-for-all following an argument between two young men.

“The argument was simply between two young men but no sooner had we intervened to stop the exchange of words than other young men from both groups joined and a fight ensued,” an eye witness, Clemenson Mgbe, told Vanguard in Ogoja.

Clemenson said the burial took place in Akpakpanga village, some two kilometres from Igoli, the Ogoja central town.

He said: “Trouble started when a boy slapped a nursing mother and her boyfriend who is an alleged cultist confronted him and an argument started, and in the process a fight ensued.

“One of them brought a machete with which he inflicted a cut on one of the boys and that escalated matters.

“It was in a bid to retaliate the machete cut on their member that opposing members mobilised that night and attack members of the other group.

“They went from house to house where the other members live and a fierce battle ensued. Two boys were killed and the property of those they could not find at home were set ablaze.”

Commenting on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Cross River State Police Command, Hogan Bassey said: “There was a clash like that; you know with the universities shut, many boys are at home and such things are likely when youths are idle.”


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