Two killed as rival cults clash in Bayelsa

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The struggle for supremacy between suspected rival cult groups have claimed two lives in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

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It was gathered that the incident occurred, Wednesday, at 9.30p.m., at the Ekeki and Kpansia suburbs of Yenagoa.

According to eyewitnesses, four arm-wielding youths accosted a 32-year-old man at the Ekeki park junction and shot him dead.

The victim, identified as Otoko, popularly known as Oracle, an indigene of Delta State, is believed to be a member of a rival cult.

Also at the Kpansia area, some suspected cultists, were reported to have stormed a suya spot, lured their victim with a girl and shot him at close range.

The victim was said to have died while being rushed to the hospital.

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There had been increasing cases of burglary and stealing, cult-related killings and armed robbery in the state capital in recent times.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, could not be reached for comment, but a senior security officer, attached to the anti-vice section of the command said police have achieved a lot in the area of arrests of cultists and criminals in the state.

He, however, added: “The setbacks are caused by poor logistics, shortage of patrol vehicles and refusal of the public to assist the police with vital information.”

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