Charles Nwoke, Asaba, Nigeria
November 30, 2020
Above image courtesy of local sources. Fair use.
At least one person has been confirmed dead with no fewer than four houses burnt down on Sunday, in a fresh or renewed cult crisis in Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Council Headquarters in Delta State.
The horrendous incident involved members of two notorious cult groups, Aye and Mafia confraternities, with residents accusing the police and the leadership of the local government council of doing little or nothing towards bringing lasting peace to the once peaceful and hospitality town.
In another development, two other persons were also reportedly murdered in two separate clashes involving the dreaded warring cult groups on Sunday night and Monday morning respectively at Oghenevweta and Oseri areas of the Ekuigbo community.
Both attacks are coming barely one week after a similar inferno occurred between Aye and Aro Baggers confraternities, which claimed the lives of eight persons within a week interval.
Oghenero Oke also known as the Last Card, one of the victims, who is alleged to be a member of the Mafia confraternity, was slain within Oteri old road in Oteri community, Ughelli, by a young lad identified as Eloho, a resident of the community, while two others sustained degrees of gunshot injuries.
Every attempt to speak with Onome Onowakpoyeya, the Delta State Police Command Spokesperson, proved abortive, a security source from the Ughelli Police Area Command, revealed that the casualty had a serious imbroglio with Eloho who was into an intimate relationship with his elder sister.
The source who pleaded anonymity said, “Angered by the death of the victim, his friends stormed the family house and shop of Eloho’s parent who pulled the trigger and burnt it down.
“The prime suspect and his gang members have since fled the community immediately news of Oghenero’s death filtered into the community.”
The President General of the Oteri community, Mr. Efe Odobo, condemned the wanton destruction of properties as a result of the incident, describing it as unfortunate and uncalled for. He disclosed that to enhance adequate security in the community and to checkmate the excesses of these gangsters, the community has decided to impose a week curfew.
He said: “While we condemned the loss and destruction of properties, the Oteri community has decided to impose a one-week curfew starting from Monday between the hours of 8 p.m to 6 a.m.
“A combined team of security personnel made up of the army, police and local vigilante operatives will be on the ground to effect the curfew and if anyone is caught flaunting the order, such a person would be made to face the wrath of the law.”