Suspected cultists imposes curfew on residents in Cross River,

By Magnus Udom, Calabar

Hoodlums suspected to be cultists have imposed curfew on residents of Calabar South local government area of Cross River State.

A resident who gave his name as Charles Etim lamented that the residents living in Calabar South local government area closed their doors as early as 6pm.

“These are areas that people stayed outside their residents, drinking native drinks, beer and others and eventually go homes around 12am to 1pm.

“These hoodlums who brandished matchetes and guns as well as other dangerous weapons moved in droves of 10-20, intimating the residents from streets to streets.

“On Thursday, these hoodlums raided my streets along Ibesikpo Street, Atamunu, Uwanse, Mayne Avenue, Ekpo Abasi, White House and other streets in the local government area collecting hand bags from women and men and extorting money and other valuables.

“These people (Suspected cultists) similarly, entered shops, restaurants and other business centres, carted away property worth several hundred of thousands naira.

“These hoodlums, wore black, covered their faces and moved in groups. They brandish knives, guns and other dangerous weapons forcing people to park home early”

It would be recalled that the renewed cult clash between Klans and Vikings was alleged to have claimed five lives in Calabar South local government area of Cross River State.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night and early part of Wednesday along Watt market by Bedwell street, Ekpo Abasi Street,  Ibesikpo Street, Atu Street, all in Calabar South local government area of the State.

An eyewitness who gave her as Justina Ekpo said two young men were allegedly killed along a popular Watt market, one each murdered at Ekpo Abasi Street,  Ibesikpo and Atu Street.

She said the murder was a reprisal of what happened early part of this month (June).

“As at Tuesday and early part of Wednesday morning, at least five persons were violently killed by irate youths suspected to be members of rivalry cult groups.

When DAILY POST contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Ugbo on phone on Wednesday, she confirmed the clash saying it was between Klans and Vikings.

She explained that only two young men were murdered but not five as alleged. “Only two suspected cultist were killed, one at Watt Market and the other along Atu Street” She stated.


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