Re­newed Cult War Claims Four In Bayelsa

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Julius Osa­hon, Ye­nagoa PHOTO: NAN

ARENEWED cult war in Swali, a sub­urb of Ye­nagoa, Bayelsa State cap­i­tal, at the week­end, claimed four vic­tims at a pop­u­lar mar­ket.

One of the sus­pected cult mem­bers, Mr. God-do-well, was in­flicted with sev­eral ma­chete cuts. A ri­val gang, num­ber­ing over 40, on Fri­day, left the 34-year-old from Delta State, in the pool of his own blood.

The sus­pected cultists al- leg­edly went on reprisal af­ter three mem­bers of their gang were killed on Tues­day at about 4:00pm at two lo­ca­tions in the mar­ket.

An­gered by this, they stormed the mar­kets, shot spo­rad­i­cally to scare meat traders, dragged out the de­ceased and slaugh­tered him in front of the help­less traders.

The­guardian gath­ered that on Tues­day af­ter­noon, a gang known as “Is­lan­ders” raided the area due to some un­set­tled cri­sis be­tween them and “Bo­bos,” a ri­val group.

A petty trader said it was a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion on Tues­day, when the hood­lums stormed the mar­ket.

He said: “In the en­su­ing melee, a mid­dle-aged man was killed. And in the next street af­ter the mar­ket, two other mem­bers of the same gang were also killed same day. We now live in fear be­cause we don’t know their next move.

“There is no se­cu­rity, be­cause there’s no pa­trol team around. They usu­ally come to the mar­ket to smoke In­dian hemp and some­times rob traders,”

Traders in the mar­ket pleaded with se­cu­rity agents to come to their aid.

When con­tacted, spokesper­son, Bayelsa State Po­lice Com­mand, ASP Asimin But­wats, was not avail­able for com­ment, as his phone was switched off.

AF­TER months of cri­sis, the John Etim-led fac­tion of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Cross River State has re­solved to work to­gether, in or­der to win more elec­tions.

The party’s Deputy State Chair­man, Mr. Martin Achadu, said this, while re­ceiv­ing a phi­lan­thropist and prom­i­nent busi­ness mogul, Mr. Mani Rob­son, in his of­fice in Cal­abar re­cently, adding that the peace process would be­gin with the by-elec­tion of Obudu State Con­stituency.

Achadu said the party has its eyes on the Gov­ern­ment House, with hope of in­stalling an APC gov­er­nor in 2019, and this could only be done “if the party worked in unity.”

Rob­son ad­vised the po­lit­i­cal class to put aside party bick­er­ing and join hands to build and move the state for­ward.

While con­grat­u­lat­ing APC mem­bers for con­duct­ing them­selves in an or­derly man­ner, he en­cour­aged party faith­ful to mend fences with ev­ery ag­grieved mem­ber to work to­gether.

“If you want to see an­other suc­cess­ful po­lit­i­cal dis­pen­sa­tion of APC, if you want to see Cross River State as one of the most suc­cess­ful states in Nige­ria, we must all be united,” he said.

Mean­while, APC’S na­tional sec­re­tariat re­cently dis­solved the ex­ec­u­tive in the state to en­sure to­tal peace is re­stored.

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