The city of Asaba (Capital of Delta State) home of the NBM’s Asaba Zone has endured a horrendously violent 12 months (and many more years beside that).
Searching for NBM related violence and murders in the city over the last year returned far too many results to deal with or mention.
Ten murders as the NBM and Vikings fight over territory:
Orient Daily gathered that no less than 10 persons have been allegedly murdered in the last two weeks in parts of Asaba while about six youths have equally been gunned down in Awka over the last week in the wake of the latest cult clashes in both cities.
This paper learnt that the killings in Asaba are perpetuated by two cult groups, the Vickings and Eiye confraternities who are locked in a supremacy battle while that of Awka is reportedly a bloody battle between the Vikings and Black Axe over control of two motor parks along Enugu/Onitsha expressway.
Five murders in a week:
Tension has continued to mount in Asaba, the Delta State capital, following the murder of a bread seller by some gunmen suspected to be cultists.
It was also gathered that the cult rivalry between the Black Axe and 2-2 Confraternity, which started last Sunday, had claimed the lives of four other persons.
It was learnt that the Black Axe, in preparation for the burial of one of their members, said to be a hit man, who was reportedly killed on Monday, had attacked the rival group on Friday.
Two persons were reported to have been killed in Bonssac and another two killed in Umuagwu.
Another ten murders:
The Delta state government and the police are currently battling fruitlessly to restore normalcy to Asaba, the capital of the state as cultists have overrun it with their nefarious activities.
No day passes by without the news of death either perpetratated by one cult group or the other thereby wasting lives of human beings like that of chicken.
In the last few weeks, it has been from one rival cult to the other which has sent over 10 different cult members to their early graves
These ruthless boys of the underworld carry out their activities in brood daylight, causing fear, panic and sometimes in the night leading to sleeplessness.
In a press release Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Onome Onovwakpoyeya and made available to The Nigerian Voice, he disclosed that “On the 7/5/2019, a shooting incident was reported at Cable area of Asaba as a result of the face-off between two rival cult groups; the Aiye confraternity and Vikings
“Also, on same date, a corpse was found on the ground with knife stab on the left rib, some metres away from scene of earlier shooting and has been deposited at FMC, Mortuary. The deceased was later identified as Chijine Chigbata male, 54yrs old, a security guard with a private firm in Asaba.
“On 8/5/2019, 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”.
Meanwhile, one Samuel Okwuonyekwu male, a confessed member of Aiye confraternity and two others have been arrested by SARS Operatives in connection with the crises
Twelve murders in November 2019:
ASABA – No fewer than 12 members from different cult groups have been killed and others injured in the last one week in the ongoing cult war across major cities and towns in Delta State.
nine persons had been killed in series of attacks and reprisal between two rival cults groups including the Aiye and Ogbu.
It was gathered that some major hotels in Udu area now play host to these cult groups. It is from some of these hotels that the members plot their next strike.
Delta State implemented ‘Operation Crocodile Smile IV’ and ‘Operation Safe Delta’ as a response. This involved in recent days the arrest of 50 suspected cultists:
No fewer than 50 suspected cultists have been arrested by a police squad, ‘Operation Safe Delta,’ in Udu council area of Delta state.
The Herald gathered that the suspects were nabbed at different brothels and hideouts across the local government area.
Confirming the development, the Delta state commissioner of police, Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, said the arrest was made to curb the continuous cult rivalry in the locality.
The NBM themselves, understanding the major problem of their image been tarnished, also stepped into gear and enacted a master plan. A plan never before conceived….
They visited an orphanage.
I wonder how many of these children are orphans thanks to the NBM themselves.
The need for public spirited individuals, corporate organisations and non governmental organisations to rise up to the occasion and cater for the needs of orphans and the less privilege in the society has been stressed.
Members of the Naraguta Trust Foundation in collaboration with Asaba Zone of Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa made the call while presenting various items worth hundreds of thousands to some orphanages in Asaba.
The items presented at the Trinitarian Foundation for Orphans and the Helpless at Uda layout,Achalla Ibusa,are various types of food stuff, cereals, beverages, toiletries, diapers as well as cash among others.
The leader of the team, Mr Edwin Ehiagwina said the gesture was part of efforts of friends to put smiles on the faces of orphans and the less privilege in the society in the spirit of the season.
He said most people children celebrated the Christmas and new year festivities with their parents and loved ones whereas some other children have been abandoned by their parents for one reason or the order and left to be catered for by orphanages.
Mr Ehiagwina noted that orphans should not be left alone in the hands of care givers at orphanages but should be catered for by all well meaning individuals by contributing to their upkeep and education in order for them to be useful to the society.
He said the group decided to provide the items to the orphanage in collaboration with friends of Asaba Zone of NBM of Africa to show love and care in oder to make the orphans and less privilege not feel neglected by the society.
Smile however came the way of ten years old Chinoso whose father abandoned him at the death of his mother because he was physically challenged in his limbs when the group gave him a new wheelchair to ease his movement.
Receiving the items Reverend Sister Eunice thanked the group for the gesture saying that the orphanage depended on such kind spirited groups and individuals to cater for the well-being of the inmates.
She noted that the orphanage had fourteen children and solicited for more support from members of the public.
The group made similar donation with cash at the Mother of Divine Grace Orphans behind NTA Asaba where Reverend Sister Mary Asumpta thanked them for the love shown the children with the provision of food and other items saying it will go a long way to assist the home cater for the children .
She said the home had twenty children.
The Naraguta Trust Foundation also renovated the ceiling and roof of a three classroom block and provided seventy two pupils desk to Umegbali Primary School, Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area.
Prince Gabriel Nwanazia and Jude Armstrong who commissioned the renovated block said it was part of efforts to provide conducive atmosphere for learning for the pupils.
The Head Master of the School, Mr Patrick Okonji thanked the group for the gesture and prayed God to bless them as their efforts would enable the pupils learn in a better environment.