By Mark Lenu
At least 10 persons have been reportedly killed in Luebe community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, following a protracted cult rival clash.
Security Watch Africa gathered that the killings occurred on Sunday evening at a burial in Luebe community.
A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of been attacked, accused a rival cult group known as Jagaban of carrying out the attacks on the community.
He said, ” Jagaban is a cult group that merged with Degbam cult group after it broke out of Iceland cult group. Jagaban cultists have been on exile since they dumped the Iceland cult group.
” Before now, the Iceland cult group has been oppressing the community, making life uncomfortable for the relatives of the exiled Jagaban cultists.
” Last night at a burial in my community, the fleeing Jagaban cultists invaded and shot sporadically for hours, killing over 10 persons. As I speak to you now, my community has been deserted as everybody has fled into neighbouring communities for safety.
” When the Bori Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim came this morning to the scene with his men, he was able to return back to their homes some innocent villagers who fled into the bush and could not come out due to fear of being killed. “
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area, SP Bako had said: ” it was a selected killing by cultists and only five persons died while one is still receiving treatment at a hospital.
” An aggrieved cult group got information that their rival cult group was at a burial wake keeping in the community. So, they stroke and killed only young boys who were suspected cultists at the burial.
” We have banned all wake keeping in Khana LGA and yet they went ahead to hold a burial wake keeping without informing the Police. ”