The Cross River Police Command, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, confirmed the killing of two suspected cultists in Ugep community in Yakurr Local Government Area of the state. The state Police public relations officer (PPRO), Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Calabar.
Ugbo said that one of the suspected cultists was killed on Monday, April 20, 2020, by members of a rival cult group, while the other popularly known as J Boy was killed on April 21, 2020, by an angry mob in the area.
She told NAN that the suspected cultist, who was mobbed, had been terrorizing the people of the Ugep and neighboring communities of Cross River State. “I can confirm that two suspected cultists have been killed in Ugep community. “One of them died on Monday while the other was killed today by youths in the area.
“At this moment, the Divisional Police Officer in Ugep has not told me the different cult groups that the dead suspects belong. Our men have taken over the area and normalcy has been restored,’’ she said. Ugbo told NAN that the Police were yet to arrest in the area.
An eye witness, Miss Theresa Okoi, who alerted NAN about the incident, said the suspected cultist was killed by an angry mob due to his past atrocities in the area. Okoi said that the suspected cultist, popularly called J-boy, “has killed a lot of people in Ugep and he is also into armed robbery’’.
“He has been terrorizing Ugep and nearby communities because he goes about with an AK47 rifle and charms all over his body. Ugep community can now heave a sigh of relief because J-boy has been a nightmare to this community. After killing one guy from a rival cult group yesterday, youths from Ugep came out and said “enough is enough” and they had to kill him too,’’ she said.
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