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Cultists kill three local vigilance members, others in Rivers State


Suspected cultists yesterday killed three members of the Odegu Security and Advisory Planning Committee (OSPAC), a local vigilance group in Emohua Council Area of Rivers State.

The Guardian learned that the hoodlums also killed a motorcycle rider, who had conveyed the vigilante members to the community.

Community sources revealed that the vigilance members had gone to Rumuodogo 1 Community after receiving a distress call from residents of the community over the alleged invasion of the gang members in the area.


A community source, who craved anonymity, disclosed that the security operatives arrived the area to maintain peace and also seek some cultists they had declared wanted but they did not realise that the bandits got information of their visit, as they had already cordoned off the area, ambushed and killed all of them on arrival.

The victims were reported killed in Rumuodogo 1 Community in Emohua Council Area even as one of them was beheaded.

The cultists were said to have fled the area with other gang members who were also declared wanted by the local vigilante group in the area to a nearby bush.

Another source in the area, who simply gave his name as Emenike, told The Guardian that the OSPAC members received information that one of the cultists they declared wanted who had fled the area returned to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Emenike said while the security men were entering Rumuodogo, the cultists ambushed and killed all of them.

He said: “The incident happened this morning. The OSPAC people got information that one of the cultists they declared wanted has returned. They were on their way when the cults gathered and killed them.

“The OSPAC members who brought relative peace to the community had enjoined all cultists to repent and stop their activities. They asked the repentant cultists to take an oath that they will not be involved in criminal activities, some of them accepted the deal, while others refused and ran away from the community.

“OSPAC declared those that ran away wanted, saying they will only stay in the community when they take the oath. The people now live in fear due to their development.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivets State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, said, he was yet to be briefed on the incident, urging all troublemakers and cultists to desist from criminality or face the full weight of the law when nemesis eventually catches up with them.


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