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Rivers community mourns beheaded residents after cultists attack

20 February 2016, 17:09

Abuja - A Rivers community has been left shell-shocked following an attack in the town of Omoku by suspected cultists, Premium Times has reported.

Just one week after cultists invaded the town, shooting and beheading residents, many community members remain locked in their houses in fear that the armed men will make a return.

Benedict Ajie, a residents in the area, disclosed that he heard gunshots around 9 p.m. on the night of the attack, following which he found that two of his kinsmen had been killed in a house opposite his.

At a junior secondary school in the area, three people were left headless following the attack, which included the killing and beheading of a class 3 students.

Members of the Omoku community have lamented the attack, saying that Federal Government could put a stop to the killing if it really wanted to.

According to Davies Ikanya, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), many of those killed during the attack were members of his party.

Also read: Cultists kill 16 in Rivers

Ikanya disclosed that a cult group, identified as the Icelanders, invaded the town in search of those with APC affiliations, saying that the party's official body count has amounted to 26 people, some of them beheaded.

In addition, less than 24 hours after the attack took place, an APC chairman in Ward 6 was reported to have been shot dead.

Ikanya also recalled the killing of Monday Eleanya, former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, who was shot dead while driving out of his residence in Port Harcourt.

Ahmad Mohammad, PR Officer for the State Police, has since insisted that the killings arose from a clash between rival cults in the area.

He also insisted that police only saw 12 bodies, not 26, and that none of the bodies were beheaded.

Police have since revealed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Read more at Premium Times

- News24


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