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Seven feared killed in Cross River State cult, communal clashes

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Seven persons were feared killed yesterday in cult-related activities in Okundi community of Boki Local Council in Cross River Central Senatorial District.

Several houses and property worth millions of naira were burnt between Monday and yesterday.

The Guardian learnt that the 12 villages that make up the Old Osokom Clan in Boki Local Council had held a meeting in Okundi seeking ways to end cult activities in the communities.

But trouble started when the cult groups got information that the communities were plotting to counter their activities and decided to attack on Monday.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the cultists, allegedly camped in a church in Okundi close to a secondary school, struck and killed one Bukie Bankong.

He said that in a reprisal attack, the communities then rose and attacked suspected cult members, killing Alphonsus Etta Ewung, Otu Agbor Edum, Joseph Bukie Bankong, Chief Paulinus Otu’s son, among others.

Meanwhile, the state Police Commissioner, Austine Agbonlahor, when contacted, confirmed the incident, disclosing that it was a cult war but could not ascertain how many lives that were lost.

He said policemen had been mobilised to the area to maintain peace and order.


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