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Three killed, dozens wounded in cult clash



The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed that three persons were killed in a cult clash between Axe and Vikings confraternities in Onna Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Mac-Don, disclosed this in Uyo.

Mac-Don, who said aside from the three persons who were killed, added that some others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the clash, said nobody had been arrested.

The police spokesperson said that investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of cult clash in the area.

An eyewitness, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria on the condition of anonymity, said the incident happened last week in the area.

He listed the affected villages to include Awa, Afaha Ubium, Ikot Obong Ishiet, Edem Idim, and Ikot Asse as well as other neighbouring villages.

The eyewitness explained that the cultists laid siege to the affected villages, killing three persons and leaving scores with varying degrees of injuries.

He said the clash between the two confraternities was a supremacy battle, occasioned by the disbursement of cash allegedly given to some youths by one of the state government-owned agencies operating in the community.

The police spokesperson said while the corpses of the victims had been buried, those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment in hospitals whose identities were not revealed for fear of another attack.