One arrested, houses burned in the cult war of the river community – Punch Newspapers

Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

Police said its operatives arrested the cult suspect on Tuesday morning during a clash of rival groups on the Mile One market axis in Diobu, Port Harcourt.

Also, the police discovered that at least two houses burned down during the conflict, which sent cold horrors to the traders and the inhabitants of that area.

Eyewitnesses said that the cultists shot at their targets, and that one of them ran into the Mile One police station seeking refuge, even as the police officers on duty repulsed the robber cultists who seemed to have the upper hand in the conflict.

However, the police arrested the cult suspect who burst into the room with gunshot wounds and arrested him.

Seeing police opposition, the attackers were forced to beat the retreat and flee the scene, although it was gathered that some of them also received gunshot wounds.

The gathered members of the ratio followed their rivals to the houses and allegedly set fire to the buildings, leaving the merchants and other people in the place to run 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, added that the command had launched an investigation to uncover the cause of the incident with the aim of apprehending the suspects on the run.

“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. The result of the massacre was an intercultural war and a conflict for supremacy.

“They burned down their rival houses. They burned down around two houses, “said the police producer of the paintings.

In this regard, shots were heard near a sugar company along Azikiwe Street, near the Government House of Rijeka, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday afternoon.

The situation created panic and offices and shops quickly closed their doors and stayed inside to avoid being hit by a stray bullet.

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