Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Three people yesterday feared dead in a cult war that ensued between two cult groups, Icelanders and Degbam, at Ikoku area of Port Harcourt City Local Government area of River State.
The post gathered that the fight created tension and anxiety at the popular Ikoku motor parts market.
The two cult groups had engaged in a battle for supremacy and allegedly gunned down three persons and causing panic in the area.
It was learnt that the two cult groups earlier on Tuesday clashed at Diobu area of Port Harcourt, and several people were inflicted with various degrees of machete cuts.
A source, who witnessed the incident narrated that the suspected Degbam cult member attacked suspected member of Icelanders which resulted into shoot out.
The source who did not want his name mentioned said that the Icelanders stormed Ikoku in reprisal attack against Degbam resulting to the deaths of rival group.
The source said: “Some boys armed with assaulted riffle opened fire on their target, Degbam cult members, at Ikoku motor parts market area, killing two Degbam members and one Hausa wheel barrow pusher.
“The stray bullet also attacked eight persons who were rushed to the hospital but no news about their state now.”
A trader, simply identified as Ifeanyi, disclosed that the incident crippled business activities at the market as traders deserted the area for their safety.
Ifeanyi, however, noted that patrol team of the Anti -Cultism and Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the State Police Command arrived the scene of incident to avert further breakdown of law and order.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police command corroborated that two people died in the incident and that peace has been so far returned in the area.
Speaking, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said the war was between two cult groups and that it started since Tuesday, this week.
Omoni urged business owners at the market to go about their lawful business as normalcy has returned to the area following the response of the police.
Omoni also confirmed that the police had arrested some suspects and that they were still undergoing interrogation.