Cult war claims10 in Calabar

There a palpable fear among the residents of Calabar, the Cross Rivers State capital city, following a raging cult war that has left not less than 10 people dead in the last three weeks. The victims, who were alleged to be members of different cult groups, have engaged in a battle for supremacy in the town. It was gathered that the various groups have waged war against each other since the general elections, over issues relating to either killing of former colleagues, which was greeted with reprisal attacks. The latest clash, it was gathered has been between the Axe and Clans members, which has accused each other of killing their member at Ekpo Abais Street last year. When contacted, the State Security Adviser, to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Ani Esin, told newsmen that “at the resumption of the clash, the security agencies mobilised and moved into action and restored peace in the area.” The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the clash, said the police had arrested four suspects and recovered three locally-made pistols.

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