25 March 2016

Nigeria: Police Confirm 4 Dead in Eket Cult Clash

The Divisional Police Officer in Eket, Abdulkadir Jamal, on Friday confirmed that four people died in a cult clash in Eket, in Akwa Ibom.

Mr. Jamal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket that police were investigating the cause of the clash.

U.S. oil major ExxonMobil operates in Eket.

"We were informed and investigation is going on in the cult clash which led to the killing of members of the cult groups in Eket," Mr. Jamal said.

He called on residents to always give information to the police to help them to arrest criminals.

Mr. Jamal called on youth to stay away from crime, saying that criminals would always be made to face the wrath of the law.

A NAN correspondent reports that the bodies of the dead could be seen at various locations in Eket.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the clash was between Junior Vikings Confraternity and the rival Axe Men Confraternity.

The source explained that trouble started at a notorious night club on Ataobong Road in Eket and spilled over to Rescue Point at St. Gregory's area off Liverpool Street.

"The fracas started at Liverpool Street, opposite St. Gregory's Primary school area, called "Forty-Forty" Drinking Parlour.

"The Axe guy harassed the Junior Vikings boy who was with a girl at the beer parlour that is where the trouble started. "

The source recalled that a man, suspected to be a cultist, also died last week at Mobil Mart along the Eket-Oron Road, Eket.

He said that two persons similarly died on March 24 at Udo Umoh Street in Eket.

"One of the bodies was found in his pool of blood along Udo Umoh Street, battered with machete cuts, while the other was found along Stadium Road," the source added.



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