Eight people have been killed in a cult supremacy clash in Esit, Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, police say.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Macdon Odiko confirmed report on the incident got to him last week.
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Two rival cult groups – Vikings Confraternity and Black Axe – had engaged in a clash of supremacy.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, told the NAN in Esit Eket that the clash started at a friend’s night programme when some boys accosted a Vikings carrying bag in his hands at midnight at Etebi in Esit Eket.
According to the source, the Black Axe group searched the bag and discovered that it contained locally made pistols which they seized.
The source said that the Vikings boy left in anger to meet his group and they re-enforced to the friend’s night programme at about 3.00 a.m. and killed one person from Black Axe at Etebia where the fracas started.
It was gathered that four members of Vikings and four from Black Axe were been killed in the clash that ensued thereafter.
Two houses were also burnt, including the family house of the leader of the Legislative Council in Esit Eket.
NAN reports that some young men in Esit Eket had deserted their homes to other local government areas for safety.
“The Police will not tolerate any act that will lead to the breakdown of law and order in the state,’’ Odiko said.
“We are on the trail of those who are breaching the law and soon the full wrath of the law will catch up with them.’’ (NAN)