At least six persons were reportedly killed in Odiokwu, a community in the Ahaoda West Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday when two rival cult groups clashed.
It was gathered that the cult groups engaged in the bloody fight at about 11 am on Sunday in the battle for supremacy.
The Rivers State Police Command confirmed the casualties recorded in the clash.
The spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who spoke to journalists on Monday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, explained that the officers have been deployed to contain the situation.
Naija News also learnt that a resident who was preparing to go to church was among those shot dead.
Residents of Odiokwu community who craved anonymity expressed worry about the incident and recounted how 27 people were killed in Ekpeye kingdom made up of Ahoada West and Ahoada East local government areas in different attacks in March.
The concerned residents called on security agencies to come to the aid of the people who live in perpetual fear of violent attacks by rival cult gangs.
Cases of cult clashes have been on the rise in Rivers, with several people killed in the aftermath.
This article was originally published on Naija News
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Author: Richard Ogunsile