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Cult War: 16 Slaughtered in Rivers


An orgy of violence has once again seized Rivers State by the throat following the killing of no fewer than 16 persons, Thursday, in Ula Upata community, Ahoada East Local Government Area by suspected cultists.
The Rivers state Police Command on its part said it was aware of the death of eight. The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad in a text message said suspected cultists were behind the brutal murder, adding that the timely intervention of Policemen saved the community of more deaths by the rampaging cultists.
“The incident was more of cult-related heinous activities at Ula Upata community, Ahoada East Lcal Government Area. Eight persons were killed.
“Quick intervention by our men forstalled the situation from escalating. One of the suspected cultists was arrested and an English pump action gun recovered from him. Investigation is right now ongoing”, he said.
An eye witness said he was in his room in the village when suddenly he started hearing gunshots, adding that he quickly ran into a nearby bush where he monitored all that happened.
He said the assailants after killing ten in his Ula Upata village moved to Ahoada West to kill another six persons,
“I saw everything. I was in my room when about five boys started shooting. The killing started about 12.50 pm. I was in my house when I saw the killers. They were five persons. “They carried three AK47 and two pump actin. I called the DPO and the JTF.”&
“One of those killed was a Police Corporal and nine others in the community before they later moved to Ahoada West to kill another six persons.
Continuing, he said the JTF that responded to his distress call arrested one of the cultists.

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