Eight people feared dead in Akwa Ibom Cult fracas
Charles Nwoke, Uyo, Nigeria
May 14, 2021
The Nigerian Police Command in Akwa Ibom State has confirmed the death of eight persons in a supremacy cult crisis in Esit, Eket Local Government Area Council of the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Macdon Odiko confirmed the unfortunate incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Esit Eket.
SP Odiko revealed that the report got to him last week.
He stated that the Police were taking adequate measures to ensure that law and order are maintained in council headquarters and its environs.
Two opposing cult groups: Vikings Confraternity and Black Axe, had engaged in a clash of supremacy.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed to NAN in Esit Eket that the clash commenced at a friend’s night program when some boys accosted a Vikings cult member carrying a bag in his hands at midnight at Etebi in Esit Eket.
He said, the Black Axe Confraternity searched the bag and found that it contained locally made pistols
which they seized.
According to the source, the Vikings boy left in anger to meet his group and they re-enforced to the friend’s night program at about 3:00 a.m. and killed one person from Black Axe at Etebi where the conflict started.
It was gathered that four members of Vikings and four members of Black Axe were killed in the clash that ensued thereafter.
Two houses were also razed down, including the family house of the Leader of the Legislative Council in Esit Eket.
Reports have it that some young men in Esit Eket had fled their homes to other Local Government Area Councils for safety.
The PPRO remarked that the Police were doing their best to ensure that they restore peace and orderliness in the community.
He said, “The Police will not tolerate any act that will lead to the breakdown of law and order in the state.
“We are on the trail of those who are breaching the law and soon the full wrath of the law will catch up with them.’’
He warned that perpetrators of such acts to better desist from such acts or that they would be made to face the wrath of the law.