Monday, 20 March 2017

Two Teenagers Killed In Yenagoa Cultists’ Clash

By Oladipupo Mojeed

The fight between two rival cult groups has claimed the lives of two teenagers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.

The incident, which occurred in the Amarata area of Yenagoa metropolis, caused panic amongst residents who watched with horror the fierce battle between the rival armed cult gangs.

The cult groups were said to have freely used guns, cutlasses, axes and other dangerous weapons during the clash.

No police intervention

According to reports, the encounter lasted for about an hour without any response by the police or security agents to distress calls.

The incident left two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, dead through gunshots received during the clash.

One of the victims, identified simply as Paul, from Anambra, was said to have been shot by the rival cult group when he allegedly led his group, armed with guns and other weapons on a reprisal attack.

He was said to have been shot in the abdomen and died at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was rushed to for treatment after the encounter.

The other victim, whose name could not be ascertained, died during the clash. Their remains have since been deposited at the morgue of the FMC Yenagoa.

Cult clashes in Amarata

Residents of Amarata, a slum within Yenagoa, have been living in fear for some months now due to frequent cases of violent cult activities and robberies in the area.

Before the cult clash, scores of cult boys have been robbing residents of the area.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the death of only one person.

He, however, denied the death was as a result of a cult clash. He said the victim was killed by the mob after he attempted to steal from them.

“The deceased victim was resisted by the people who clubbed him to death,” Butswat stated.

He said the command has intensified patrols in the troubled areas to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

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