Written by Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
Police arrested the suspected cultist after clashes between rival groups on the Mile one Market Division in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Police further said that about two houses burned down during the conflict, which created panic among traders and residents of the area.
Sources said that the police arrested one of the suspected cultists, who ran into their station while he was being chased by a rival gang.
It was gathered that the fleeing cult who ran into the station and was taken to the police suffered gunshot wounds.
But the attackers were said to have fled after a strong presence of armed police officers.
The attackers reportedly found their rivals near houses and allegedly set fire to buildings, and many, including merchants, ran after their lives.
When contacted, State Police Command spokesman Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the incident, describing it as a battle for supremacy.
Omoni, a police supervisor (SP), said the command had launched an investigation to uncover the cause of the incident aimed at arresting the fugitive suspects.
He said: “Although the matter has nothing to do with the police, we are investigating. One person has already been arrested and we are on their trail.
“At the end of the day, we will collect them and they will face the weight of the law. It was the intercultural war and the conflict for supremacy that resulted in the massacre. They burned down their rival houses. They burned down around two houses. “