7th July, 2011
The war of supremacy between two cult groups in Calabar, the Cross River State capital has left over nine persons dead while night life, particularly in Calabar South, centre of the raging battle, has been paralysed.
The raging war which is between the Vikings Confraternity and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), broke out at the Pyramid Hotel along the Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar during a birthday party.
Trouble started when a Viking member approached a girl simply called Eno who is said to be a girlfriend of a KKK member for a dance.
â€œWhen Jude started dancing with Eno, Benson told him that she is his girlfriend but he would not listen. He went ahead to exchange phone numbers with her. That was what infuriated Benson and his group and a fight broke out,â€ said a witness.
Dangerous weapons, including knives and broken beer bottles were allegedly used during the fight. Several people sustained injuries, including Jude whose head was struck with a broken bottle.
â€œHe ran away immediately and informed members of his gang who came for a reprisal attack. That night, four persons were killed in Calabar South,â€ the witness added.
The fighting, P.M.NEWS gathered, raged till last Thursday when the mutilated body of one of the combatants was found along the New Airport Road, Anantigha. His left hand was hacked off while the throat was sliced.
Investigations also revealed that fighting continued on Monday at the zoo garden drinking joint along Mary Slessor Avenue and two persons were reportedly killed.
The groups also clashed Tuesday at Ekpo Abasi near the Cross River University of Technology where several gunshots were heard during the night.
In the past two weeks, streets like Dr. Dean, Jebbs, Asikpo, Ubenekong and New Airport in Calabar South are dreaded by residents who have since relocated or remained indoors once night falls, as gunshots frequently shatter the peace around these streets.
The paramount ruler of Calabar South, Muri Effiong Okokon has called on Governor Liyel Imoke to intervene and stop the incessant fighting in the area.
â€œThese people are heavily armed with dangerous weapons such as knives, guns and machetes and have turned themselves into dreaded groups. Unless the state government intervenes now, more lives would be lost,â€ Okokon told P.M.NEWS in his palace.
ASP Etim Dickson, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Cross River Command said the police were planning a joint operation with the military to flush out the miscreants.
â€”Emma Una/ Calabar