The Police in Delta State have confirmed at least four persons have been killed in a violent clash between two suspected rival cult groups in Asaba, Delta State.
The State Police Command in a statement by its spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said the killings took place between Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, at different locations in Asaba, adding that three persons allegedly involved in the incident have been arrested.
According to the statement, there were shootings on 7th May at Cable point, following a clash between the two rival confraternities.
“The Police patrol team on arrival at the scene found a young man already shot on the right eye lying in a pool of his own blood, he was quickly conveyed to Federal Medical Centre, Asaba for medical attention but died while receiving treatment on 8th May.
“Also, on same date, a corpse was found on the ground with knife stab on the left rib, some metres away from scene of the earlier shooting and has been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC mortuary.
“The deceased was later identified as Chijine Chigbata male, 54yrs old, a security guard with a private firm in Asaba. On 8th May, the continued face-off between the two rival cults, claimed two more lives of suspected cult members.
“The victims, one Jude Nwakama (male) and Okwudili Ozah (male) aged 26yrs were attacked with battle axe and knife at different locations in Akuofu and Oduke area of Asaba,” it stated.
The statement added that that one Samuel Okwuonyekwu and two others have been arrested by SARS operatives in connection with the crises, leading to the recovery of one locally made double barrel short gun, nine live cartridges with 20 rounds of live ammunition from one of the arrested suspects.
Also recovered were six exotic cars and one tricycle. The cars included Mercedes Benz 450 4 Matic Jeep, Lexus 330 Jeep, Lexus 300 Jeep, Sienna Bus, Toyota Camry car, and Toyota Corolla car.