By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Rival cult clash in Usieffurun, Udu local government area of Delta state in the early hours of Sunday, left one dead, while 23 others severely injured.
The fight, reports said, was between Aye black axe confraternity members and Vikings who allegedly deployed dangerous weapons, including cut-to-size guns, to scare residents of the area.
Sources said that the fight, which lasted several hours, took the police long to bring under control even when one of the confraternities had allegedly felled down a member of the rival other through several bullets pumped into his body.
However, the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident, said “yes, it is true, one person was killed, and 23 others severely injured. We are investigating the incident and no arrest has been made yet, adding that “those injured were receiving treatment at the state General Hospital as investigation was ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Usieffurun community leadership has imposed curfew in the town to curtail the excesses of cult groups in the area while some residents who spoke to journalists said that the community was almost turning into haven for cultists and their partners in crime.
Also, a People’s Democratic Party chieftain in Ughelli North local government area, Mr Udu Omo Scot, has urged youths in the area to shun cultism and all forms of criminal activities as leaders of tomorrow, noting that cultism would jeopardise their future if they continued to indulge in it.
Scot, who spoke to journalists in the area said “cultism among our youths has affected developmental strides in our communities and we all must rise and fight against it.”