Friends Mourn Young Man Hacked To Death By Alleged Cultists In Calabar

News on very typical axeman behaviour. Shooting a young man then hacking his head off with machetes until the police arrive….



No fewer than five people have been reportedly dead in Calabar owing to a renewed cult war between alleged members of the Axe Confraternity and Klansmen.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the latest victim of the cult war identified as Samuel was shot and hacked to death on Monday.

The victim, Samuel was suspected to be a member of a cult groupcalled Axe which is reported to be at loggerheads with rival group, Klans.

According to reports, the incident happened around 8:30am on Iboku Street in Calabar South LGA near a barber’s shop where the victim had gone to have a haircut.

He was reportedly standing in front of the barber’s shop with the barber when his assailants shot at him severally before attempting to severe his head with a machete.

“There was stampede when the two men, dressed in black pair of trousers and tee-shirts, brandished their machetes and guns. They wanted to severe Samuel’s head after they had shot and hacked him severally with a machete. They were about to completely severe the victim’s head when they were dissuaded by the blaring of police siren.

It was further learnt that the victim, a resident of Idang, Atim Edem Rise Street was a trader at the popular Watt market in Calabar while his mother is a petty trader in the neighbourhood.

He said the victim must have been trailed by his killers, adding that police operatives from the Mbukpa division who arrived the scene after the suspected rival cultists had fled, evacuated the body.

Earlier, another victim identified as Victor Edem was hacked to death at his shop, where he sold cooking gas and two others were killed at Mayne Avenue also in Calabar South.

It was gathered that men of the Special Anti -Robbery Squad were immediately deployed in the affected areas to restore normalcy. The SARS team reportedly made some arrests.

The latest killings followed last week’s beheading of two suspected cult members , one of whom was killed around Wilkie by Ephraim Street in Calabar South, while the other victim, identified simply as Cafu, was murdered in the Afokang area of Calabar South.

While reacting to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Irene Ugbo confirmed the killings and further added that it was the outcome of the ongoing rival cult clash between Klans and Axe groups which, she said, has claimed many lives already.

Shortly after the demise of Samuel, his friends and loved ones have taken to Facebook to mourn his death.


Nine killed in Calabar bloody cult war (graphic)




Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

A renewed cult clash between members of Vikings and Black Axe has claimed nine lives in Calabar, Cross River State within three days.

The fight between the two cult groups, which started on Sunday night and continued late Monday to the early hours of Tuesday, was said to be in reprisal for an earlier attack on a member of one of the groups in March.

There has been heavy security presence in streets of Calabar since the renewed fight started on Sunday.

Southern City News learnt from a source on Tuesday that the renewed fight was sparked by the gruesome murder of one of the cult members identified as Agbani at the Ediba-Qua area of the metropolis on Sunday.

A reprisal, according to the source, continued on Monday as two other members of a group were also gruesomely murdered.

An eyewitness, Joseph Akpan, said he counted at the least four other corpses of suspected cultists along Marian Road in Calabar on Monday night.

Akpan, who gave details of the other deaths, specifically said two suspected cultists were killed in Ekondo Street, one along Mayne Avenue and one at Wilkie Street in Calabar-South.

“I also learnt that four others were gunned down at Atekong Drive and close to Apples along Marian Road in Calabar Municipal,” he said.

Another source, Raymond Ikechukwu, said a victim, simply identified as Emma, was also killed around Ediba Road by Okon Inok Street in Calabar municipality.

He said, “We were here this morning (Tuesday) when a group of guys started chasing Emma (one of the victims) from up Ediba and they later caught him around Ediba by Okon Inok Street, where they mercilessly murdered the guy. Emma was a tiller.

“I wonder why he went and put his hands in such dirty act by associating with people who do not have anything to offer. Just imagine how he has wasted his life. It was after Emma was killed that the Police arrived the scene chasing some culprits, which left the Marian Market in disarray,” he said.

In her reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, who only acknowledged the death of one person as a result of the clash, however, said the police was on top of the situation.

“Actually, the clash between the two rivalry cult groups occurred. The police are on top of the situation. But only one person was reportedly killed,” she said.