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Police Arrest 10 Over Cult-related Killings

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Operatives of the Rivers state Police command have arrested no fewer than 10 persons over the killing of eight people in Mgbuohia village of Rumuolumeni Community in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state.

This is even as stakeholders in the Ogoni ethnic nationality of Rivers state have raised the alarm over the incessant killing ongoing in various communities in the area.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, insisted that only three persons died during the clash between two rival cult groups in the community.

Omoni stated that preliminary investigation into the clash had shown that the fight resulted from a disagreement over who should collect a certain illegal levy in the community.

He confirmed the killings of seven persons in Kaani Community in Khana local government area of the state on Sunday, but lamented the inabilities of the affected communities in that area to provide willing information’s to the police.

Omoni stated that those responsible for the deadly attacks were living in the affected communities, adding that residents deliberately refused to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of the culprits.

The Police image-maker said: “The DPO in charge of the affected area in Khana said that it was a cult-related incident. The families of the deceased went away with their corpses without allowing the police to catch a glimpse of the bodies for investigation purposes.

“The communities are not willing to give information and that is our challenge. The boys, who perpetrated this act, live in the communities; the people know them. They (communities) should give us information so that we can fight these common enemies.”

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the Ogoni ethnic nationality of Rivers state have raised the alarm over the incessant killing ongoing in various communities in the area.

Speaking on the incessant killings in Ogoniland, a prominent indigene of the area, Gani Topba called on government at all levels to take the issue of security seriously, adding that those murdered were not members of any cult, but law-abiding citizens.

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