Six people were killed in a conflict between rival cult groups in Ikera, the state of Ekiti.
The state’s public relations police officer, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.
He said six bodies were found and dumped in the morgue after the clash that took place in the early morning hours today.
A source in the city said that the sound of occasional shots was heard during the attack, forcing community members to run for safety in tension.
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A police spokesman explained that the victims who lost their lives due to the incident belonged to one of the cult groups that the other had attacked apparently over the issue of rivalry.
He explained that the Ekiti state police command had arrested three suspects in connection with the incident.
According to him, a good number of police officers have been deployed in the city to ensure the restoration of law and order.
“I can confirm to you that it was a violent cult conflict between two rival groups. “Approximately six people were killed as a result of the show of strength between the two subordinates,” he said.
“We have started serious operations there with the combined forces of the Nigerian police force, the Nigerian army, the Amotekun Corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps.
“The detainees are being held in our custody and until we conclude the investigation, they will be subject to court accordingly.”
Police authorities have also appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, adding that the command will support efforts to always bring criminals under control.