“These cult guys have started again; they are about to start another round of cult violence and killings in the area. These are supposed to be students but there is nothing academic about wielding guns and machetes,”
At least two persons were said to have lost their lives yesterday during violent clashes between two rival cult groups in Owerri, Imo State. Key actors in the deadly clash were believed to be students of theImo State University (IMSU), Owerri, and members of rival cult gangs.
Witnesses said the clash was between members of the Black Axe confraternity and the Vikings at IMSU. A trader on the IMSU front gate road told our correspondent that the supremacyfight started at a students’ hostel known as ‘Delight Hostel’ in front of the university’s main gate.
The development caused pandemonium in the area, as students, including worshippers, scampered into safety. Sources from the university confirmed that it took a police detachment from the anti-cultism unit of the state police command and Orji Police Division to restore normalcy to the area.
The sound of gunshots was heard around IMSU junction and upper Bishop Courts areas, as the gun battle between the rival cultists lasted for nearly two hours. “These cult guys have started again; they are about to start another round of cult violence and killings in the area. These are supposed to be students but there is nothing academic about wielding guns and machetes,” a witness said.
The cause of the clash could not be immediately ascertained but the shooting, as confirmed by more than two sources, started at Delight Hostel in front of IMSU gate.
The only hint to the clash our correspondent gathered was that what started like a minor altercation degenerated into a shouting match and then a wholesale gun battle.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem, could not be reached for comments as at press time but a reliable police source confirmed the clash. The source said some arrests had been made while some other key actors in the cult clash were still at large