Reports we are receiving reveals that a renewed cult clash has claimed the lives of five people.
In addition, several properties were destroyed and per the reports, the clash was between Skylo and Scorpion cult groups.
The clash reportedly occurred in the Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State and an eyewitness stated that;
“Over five persons were reportedly gunned down during the clash while property worth millions of naira was destroyed.”
This was also confirmed by the State Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade, Ani Esin and the Permanent Secretary, Governor’s Office, in charge of Security, Dr Alfred Mboto.
The state security adviser in his submission said;
“We have some cult-related clashes in Akpabuyo local government area of the State which degenerated into communal differences and we are trying to see what we can do to curtail it. We will handle the cult issue first then go into communal differences”.
The Permanent Secretary also revealed that;
“As at yesterday when I got distress calls, I immediately called the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander. They sent security personnel to the area to maintain law and order.
The security men trailed the alleged cultists to a place called Ifondo. The incident was a cult clash and the suspects used the opportunity to rob. There were sporadic gunshots.”