2 Killed In Cult Clash


The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed that two persons died when two rival cult groups clashed in Yenagoa.

The incident which occurred at the popular Hospital Junction by the ever-busy Mbiama-Yenagoa road at about 9 p.m., followed what witnesses described as a reprisal attack by one of the cult groups.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, an undergraduate of the Bayelsa Government- owned university was allegedly shot dead by suspected cultists along Azikoro Road at Ekeki, a suburb of Yenagoa.

It was learnt that one of the cultists, who sustained bullet wound, was rushed to a hospital along D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Way by the hospital junction.

A source told NAN that on hearing that one of the victims was receiving treatment at the hospital, his assailants fearing that he might reveal their identities stormed the hospital but could not gain access as the victim was said to have been relocated to another hospital.

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Angered by this development, the suspected cultists were said to have shot sporadically near a snooker board, killing a male and female on the spot while onlookers ran for their lives in different directions.

The latest incident brings to three, the number of deaths recorded in cult related clashes in Yenagoa.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, Mr. Eguaveon Emokpai (ASP), confirmed that two persons (male and female) were shot dead at the hospital junction.

Emokpai told NAN that six persons had been arrested in connection with the incident and that they were helping the police in their investigation.

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