Suspected cultists attack residents in Port Harcourt
Hoodlums, on Tuesday, invaded some streets in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, attacking and robbing residents, passersby and shop owners.
Reports said the gang, numbering about 50, ransacked Eagle Island, Timber Street and Echue stretch of Illabouchi, all densely populated areas of the metropolis, with machetes, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.
An eye witness said the hoodlums were members of a suspected cult whose member was reportedly hacked to death last weekend by a faction of the group in the Mile 2 axis of Diobu.
He said residents ran into their homes and remained indoors for hours, as the cult members brandished machetes and other weapons while searching for their rivals.
The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident.
She said, “We are aware of the disturbance; it may be a show of supremacy by cult groups. But we have commenced investigation to get to the root of the matter.”
She said there was no reported case loss of life during the disturbance.
Incidences of cultists’ display of arrogant power is a common occurrence in the state.
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