One dead, three hospitalised in Delta cult clash


A 35-year-old man, Sunday Ojagbugbe has died during a rival cult clash in Otefe-Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, close to the Secretariat of the community which hosts one of the state polytechnics.

The deceased was indigenous to Otefe-Oghara, an area that is said to have recorded several deadly cult clashes in recent times.

Tuesday’s killing reportedly involved members of two rival cult groups, Black Axe and Vikings.

Findings revealed that the victim was shot dead around the community secretariat.

It was learnt that three suspects injured during the attack are currently hospitalised, while five others have been arrested by the police.

Following the incident, the management of the school, in a circular signed by its Registrar Umukoro Mudiaga, had directed students to vacate the campus for two weeks to ensure their safety.

But the school’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Clinton Sagboje told The Nation yesterday that the two-week break had nothing to do with the incident.

“Mid-Semester is a normal practice in the school academic calendar. As such, it has nothing to do with the alleged incident in Otefe Community,” Sagboje stated in a text message.

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