No fewer than fifteen persons were killed by a group of men believed to be cultists who went on a rampage in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area of Rivers State in the night of Friday, February 12, 2016.
Sources from the community who spoke under the condition of anonymity disclosed that the hoodlums beheaded some of the deceased victims.
The sources said the suspected cultists who were heavily armed struck in the community between the hours of 8pm till about 10pm unchallenged, Vanguard reports.
When contacted, the state Police spokesperson, DSP Ahmad Muhammad confirmed the death of six in the sad incident, saying it was largely a battle for supremacy among rival cult groups in the area.
He said: “The incident is reasonably believed to be a battle of supremacy between rival cult groups in the town. As it is now the situation is under control as more anti riot policemen were drafted to reinforce the existing security in the town.
“As for casualties, six dead bodies of the suspected cultists were recovered. The shooting created tension and panic in the council headquarters as many residents reportedly ran indoors.”
A source said: “When we came out this morning we started hearing wailing in several homes. A man and his wife were among those killed. Some were even be headed.”