Cultists kidnapped one, kills 2 in A’Ibom Community.
By Theresa Ukpong, UYO
The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Mcdon has confirmed the death of two suspected rival cult members in Mbiaso village, Inen Community in OrukAnam Local Government Area Akwa Ibom state.
The Cult related violence between Debam and Iceland confraternities which started April, 2020 in Inen Community in OrukAnam local government council of the state has escalated as suspected cultists kidnapped of one female teacher, killed two cultists
A source who pleaded anonymity told our Correspondent that the two victims were killed in Mbiaso village on Wednesday by rival cult groups fighting for supremacy in the last six months.
According to the source, “By 2:30 am last night , there was confusion as cultists surrounded the whole village in search of rivals . They caught these boys in their compound and took them to nearby bush where they were killed.
” One of them was beheaded while the other got several matchet blows on the head as he screamed and bled till he died.
It was gathered that the suspected cultists were furiously violent, they kidnapped a female teacher at Inen Okuruk , a neighbouring Village in the community and seized cell phones from other victims in the compound.
The teacher simply identified as Etimbuk Saturday Adiaka was abducted in her family compound when the suspected cultists went from door to door; raiding the village in search of rival cult members.
An eyewitness said when the teacher was abducted , neighbours who refused to run pleaded the “boys” to leave her but they insisted the victim must be whisked away.
” After we have surrendered all our phones to the hoodlums, we begged them to spare Teacher Etimbuk but they refused . Since then, they could not mentioned their ransom “
In a telephone interview, the Police Public Relations Officer ,Odiko Mcdon confirmed the incident on Thursday, maintaining that the command was not aware of the abduction of the female school teacher in the area.
” The Command is aware of the killing of two rival cult members in Mbiaso village . Operations code names as ” Crocodile Dance ” was ongoing in the area. “
” Special Technical Operation is on ground in the area to raid the community from cultists and return peace to the area. “
Investigation is ongoing to arrest all pepetrators of voilence there Very soon , peace would return to the area. ” he said.