A policeman has reportedly lost his life while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in an attack that happened at Rex Lawson community in Borikiri, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Many of the victims have pointed accusing fingers at the State Police anti-cultism department of being behind the attack that left over 20 cars and five houses destroyed.
According to them, the officials came on retaliation after one of them was killed by unknown men.
However, the Police, have come out to deny the allegation saying its men were only caught in crossfire during a clash between rival cult groups in the area.
The Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who spoke about the incident on Channels Television said, the police only responded to a distress call of an attack occurring between rival cult groups and quell the fighting.
“Members of the islanders were attacking innocent people, themselves and their rival cult groups,” he said.
“So, while that was going on, our men were drafted to that area and they swiftly responded to the distress call.
“Unfortunately, on sighting the Police, they shot one of our men and even took his corpse. If not for the gallantry of our men, they would have taken his corpse away,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police said they have set up an investigation to get to the root cause of the attack.