The supremacy battle between two yet to be identified cult’s groups in Ebonyi State Thursday claimed the lives of three persons while eight other are currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital.
The clash which according to a source revealed to Leadership that the clash took place at the Eke market square in Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of the State which caused serious panic and pandemonium within the market and it’s environs.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that a former Leader in Ezza South Legislative council, Mr. Nwabueze Nwokwu and Two others whose identity can not be ascertained as at press time where attacked at the market square by the rival cult group.
According to the source, the groups have been after one another for some time now before yesterdays clash that started at the market where the deceased were said to be relaxing before they were attacked.
The source also said that the deceased and other suspected members of the group were relaxing and drinking at one of the drinking joint at the park at about 4:30pm when the rival cult group swooped on them and started shooting sporadically.
“Unfortunately, the bullet hit and killed three of the victims while others while trying to escape received various degrees of gunshot injuries. The attack lasted for some minutes as the attackers immediately took to their heels after the attack”.
He said: “The clash leading to the death of three cult members started in Ikwo Local government Area of the State last week when a cult member was shot by a rival group but surprisingly, the bullets could not penetrate him and the suspected cult members used machetes and inflicted injuries on him and he later died in a hospital in Abakaliki”.
“Since the death of the youngman opposite the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ikwo LGA, there has been an uneasy calm in Abakaliki. The two cult groups had been in a brawl, which finally led to the death of their members, with scores injured.”
When contacted, The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP, Loveth Odah said that as at the time of filling in the report, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Onueke has not briefed her on the incident.
Meanwhile, She assured that if confirmed, the commend would brief the press on the incident adding that the commend would stop at nothing in ensuring that the peace that have existed in the state would continue.
She urged members of the public to go about their normal businesses without fear as the Police would not tolerate any form of break down of law and order in the state. Ends.