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.