4 Slain in Renewed Cult Fracas in Ebonyi

Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria
December 7, 2020 

At least four persons on Sunday have been gruesomely murdered in cold blood by unknown assailants following a renewed crisis between two rival cult groups in Ebonyi State.

It was gath­ered that the age-long imbroglio between the two rival secret cult groups, simply identified as Ayez and Barga confraternities, returned following skirmishes noticeable to the Oriuzor residents, which ensued over the weekend.

According to residents of Oriuzor, one of the victims simply iden­tified as Mgbamgba who is said to be a member of Ayez confraternity from Oriuzor in Ezza North, was said to have allegedly led a squad that murdered a mem­ber of Barga confraterni­ty on Sunday morning at the quarry site, Umuoghara community in the same local govern­ment council.

The hooligans believed to be members of Barga confraternity on a revenge mis­sion were alleged to have trailed Mgbamgba that Sunday evening, shot him and his girlfriend to death, and consequently axed and opened up his skull on their way back from a child dedication ceremony.

The crisis escalated to Onueke in Ezza South LGA, where another per­son identified as Chikwado Nweke also known as Quack, who is alleged to be a member of Barga was shot dead on Sunday night at Ikwo Road, Onueke.

The deceased who is from Amuzu in Ezza South LGA, until his death, worked at Ezekuna Motor Park.

He was killed and his body was reportedly dumped into a nearby drainage, where his body was found on Monday morning.

His lifeless body had since been evacuated by Police and de­posited in Onueke General Hospital morgue.

When contacted, DSP Loveth Odah, Police Command Public Rela­tions Officer in the State, said the Command was yet to receive a formal report over the incident.

She, however, urged members of the public whose relations were al­legedly murdered to report the case to the Police Command for immediate action.

The pictures were taken at the scene of the incident.

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