Two feared dead as cultists seize Cross River community
Resident of Iso-Bendege Community in Boki Local Council of Cross River State were forced to flee into the bush on New Year Day, when their celebration was cut short following rival cults war in the community.
The cult groups bunt down houses and two persons, believed to be members of one of the cults, were killed.Some members of the community have since been hiding in the bush with their families for fear of being killed.
One of the victims, Ada (other name withheld), who informed a friend living in Calabar from her hideout in the bush through SMS on Wednesday night that almost all residents of the community fled into the bush.
“Please, don’t call me. I can’t talk for the fear of being found out. There is war in the community and we are all in the bush.“They were burning down our houses and they were killing anybody in sight. I don’t know how many people they have killed, but as at yesterday, before we ran out of the village, two persons were already dead,” she lamented.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, adding that two persons were killed by one of the cult groups, while a policeman was shot.
Ugbo said: “The Police is aware of the incident. I think it is a cult-related issue, but by the grace of God, we have been able to deploy our men of PMS and our conventional policemen there to make sure the area is calm.
“As hard as it is, when our men were deployed earlier, they were attacked and one policeman was shot. Nevertheless, the area is calm now. “Military personnel have also been deployed.”
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