13th March, 2012
Four persons have been killed in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, southsouth Nigeria, following a cult war in the city.
The fighting, which broke out on Monday afternoon, is said to be a reprisal attack by the Viking Confraternity whose member was allegedly killed by the KKK members on Saturday night in a failed robbery operation at Orok Orok Lane, close to the University of Calabar.
Sources in the area told P.M.NEWS that three members of the Vikings Confraternity went on a robbery operation at 9, Inyang Edem Street, and were chased by residents of the compound and one of them was killed at Orok Orok Lane close to Goldie Street.
“When the robbers came and were attacking people in the compound, our boys mobilised and chased them and caught up with one of them at Orok Orok Lane and hacked him to death,” a female resident of 9, Inyang Edem said.
The next day which was Sunday, the fleeing members of the Vikings robbery gang told their colleagues that they were attacked by KKK boys and the Vikings then met that night and agreed to avenge the attack on Monday.
“On Monday afternoon, some boys numbering about ten dressed in black jeans and white T-shirts went to Orok Orok Lane where their member was killed and robbed a lady selling recharge cards and from there scaled the fence of 35, Orok Orok Street to Inyang Edem, searching for those who killed their friend on Saturday night but everybody had escaped,” a source said.
The gangsters then went through Mayne Avenue, Palm Street, White House Street to Bassey Duke close to the Watt Market and caused a stir at the market as traders scampered away from their shops and wares following sporadic gun shots by the hoodlums at Bassey Duke which is close to the market.
Two persons were reportedly killed at Palm Street, one person at Beecroft Street while several persons sustained injuries.
“It is strange what happened in the city yesterday as the cultists robbed and attacked people at will all over the southern part of the city without any response from the police. What a shame,” Angela Akpan, a trader who was attacked by the cultists at Uwanse, told P.M.NEWS.
Efforts to get the Police Public Relations Officer for the Cross River Police Command, ASP Hogan Bassey, failed as his handset was switched off.
—Emma Una/ Calabar