Gun­men kill three Rivers vig­i­lantes, mo­tor­cy­clist

The Punch - - NEWS - Sampson Itode, Port Har­court

GUN­MEN sus­pected to be cultists on Mon­day killed three mem­bers of a lo­cal vig­i­lante group in Ru­muodogo One com­mu­nity, in the Emo­hua Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Rivers State.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pected cultists, who killed mem­bers of the Odegu Se­cu­rity and Ad­vi­sory Plan­ning Com­mit­tee in the early hours of Mon­day, also killed a mo­tor­cy­cle rider whose iden­tify had yet to be as­cer­tained.

The vig­i­lante mem­bers were said to be on their way to Ru­muodogo One com­mu­nity in search of a cult leader and some of his men that had been de­clared wanted by the se­cu­rity out­fit.

A source in the area said the se­cu­rity out­fit got in­for­ma­tion that one of the wanted cultists had re­turned to the area af­ter flee­ing from the com­mu­nity.

The source added that while op­er­a­tives of the lo­cal vig­i­lante group were mak­ing their way into Ru­muodogo One, the cultists am­bushed and killed three of them.

The source said, “The OSPAC peo­ple have brought peace to our com­mu­nity and called on all cultists to re­pent and stop their ac­tiv­i­ties. They asked the re­pen­tant cultists to take an oath that they will not in­volve them­selves in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. Some of the cultists ac­cepted, while other re­fused and ran away.

“OSPAC de­clared those of them that ran away wanted, in­sist­ing that only those who took the oath will stay in the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple in the area are now liv­ing in fear be­cause of this at­tack.”

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he had yet to get the de­tails of the in­ci­dent.

“I have been get­ting calls from here and there con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent and I have not been able to get the de­tails of ex­actly what hap­pened,” he said.

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