Cultists kill youth leader in Rivers State

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Suspected Cultists have killed the former youth leader in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers,Isaac Obe, and another person have been killed gunmen suspected to be cultists, who stormed Alode community and unleashed mayhem.

According to reports, It was gathered that the incident, which happened at about 7pm on Saturday, made Alode youths to protest the action of the suspected cultists

The angry youths, according to the State Police Command, went on the rampage after they learnt that two persons from the community had been shot dead by cultists.

It was also gathered that about 10 houses, including the one belonging to a community chief, Donald Awala, were set ablaze by the youths.

Though the identity of the second victim had yet to be ascertained, Southern City News gathered that some indigenes of Alode scampered to safety when they heard gunshots.

A source from Eleme said the former youth leader was shot while he was about to enter his residence, adding that the second persons killed was a visitor to the community.

The source, who preferred not to be identified, said, “These things are very complex. They have their own internal community problems, both chieftaincy and youth council problems. So, it is difficult to say what is responsible.

“The guy that was killed was a former youth president and a friend of his, who came in with him from Port Harcourt. Then his people now went on the rampage. About 10 houses were burnt.

“One of the houses belonged to the chief of the community, Donald Awala. The community might have felt that it was about their local chieftaincy matter and they went to houses to destroy things.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident and said security operatives had retored peace to the area.

Omoni said, “I don’t know the identity of the two persons that were killed, but I can confirm to you that the incident happened at about 7pm on Saturday in Alode community.

“An area commander went there and peace has returned. The youths had earlier gone on the rampage over the incident.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed, according to him, had directed that an investigation be carried out urgently on the matter.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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