Imo CP blames killing of seven persons in Mmahu on cult-related activities
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini has blamed the killing of seven persons in Mmahu, Ohaji /Egbema local council of the state on cult-related activities.
He also linked the killing to one Ossy, who escaped from the Correctional Centre, Owerri.
Some masked hoodlums had invaded the homes of the seven deceased persons that include; Charles Mgbarahor, Funky Anane, Charity Neachukwu, Edeme Okoro, Isaac Ojenya, Ndubuisi Neabuisi and Junior Ifeyinwoke and shot them dead.
In a statement through the state police spokesperson, Michael Abattam, he said: “Ossy led about 20 armed men with their faces masked to Mmaahu Community in Ohaji Egbema council and killed the victims.
“The Divisional Police Officer on receipt of this information immediately mobilised his men and other patrol teams to the area. On arrival at the scene, the hoodlums have deserted the place, leaving seven persons dead.”
He said preliminary investigation on the tragedy revealed cult related activities between the killers and the victims.
The Commissioner of Police, said: “Ossy is an escapee from Imo Correctional Centre, Owerri, who is reasonably suspected to belong to a cult group known as “De- Gbam”. While the persons killed are suspected to belong to another cult group known as “De- Well.”
Hussaini said proactive measures of deploying tactical units to apprehend the culprits have been effected.
Meanwhile, the command has deployed additional tactical units to the community to support the operation of the Egbema Police Division and Area Command to forestall a reprisal attack.
Hussaini called for calm in the community and directed the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Intelligence investigation Department (SCID) to begin an investigation on the matter and arrest the perpetrators.